Telecom New Zealand has announced that Australian-owned rival TelstraClear has become the first of the country’s alternative operators to test its new wholesale fibre-based high speed network service (HSNS). The pilot, which was launched last week, is testing the connectivity and handover between Telecom’s HSNS and TelstraClear’s own network. Mark Wilson, head of the Enterprise and Government division at TelstraClear, says: ‘This new platform allows us to extend our leading high-end voice and data services to areas beyond our current network reach. It opens up competition, enabling us to offer services to customers who were previously unviable due to network build constraints. We’re pleased to be the first to trial the service, and look forward to bringing it to market shortly.’ HSNS provides access options of 10Mbps, 100Mbps or 1Gbps, delivering speeds from 128kbps up to 1Gbps.