TelstraClear questions Telecom’s broadband commitment

7 Nov 2005

TelstraClear has taken out full page advertisements in the country’s main newspapers accusing Telecom of trying to back out of its commitment to open up the broadband market. According to TelstraClear CEO Allan Freeth, the former incumbent is trying to wriggle out of an agreement it made to have 83,000 of its residential broadband connections available to alternative providers by the end of the year. According to Telecom’s third quarter results it had 244,000 broadband customers at the end of September, not far off of its 250,000 target by the end of 2005. However only a small percentage of this figure came from competitors (via unbundled bitstream access or wholesale arrangements), much less than the anticipated 83,000.

New Zealand, Spark New Zealand Group, TelstraClear