More competition for Kiwi mobile subs

8 Sep 2008

Two new mobile resellers are expected to join the cellular market in New Zealand in the coming weeks. Australian-listed telco M2 and locally owned start-up Black and White are set to join Telecom New Zealand, Vodafone and TelstraClear in the NZD2.2 billion (USD1.5 billion) market, The Dominion Post reports. M2 has signed a wholesale deal which gives it capacity on Vodafone’s nationwide network; Black and White, meanwhile, has forged an agreement under which it will outsource back-end administration and billing to M2, though it will handle its own marketing. Another Australian-owned firm, TelstraClear, recently launched its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) for private users which competes alongside the two established network owners. More competition is looming; the country’s third wireless network is expected to come into service next year with the long-awaited launch of NZ Communications.

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