Telecom New Zealand has launched the first of a series of next generation broadband products for the wholesale market. The Enhanced Unbundled Bitstream Access (UBA) offering will be available over Telecom’s ADSL2+ networks. The new product is being offered via the telco’s Telecom Wholesale division. ‘Enhanced UBA is the first of a new family of next generation network products allowing service providers to offer their customers real-time next generation services,’ said Telecom Wholesale chief executive Matt Crockett. ‘The new products will pave the way for service providers to offer their customers multiple digital voice connections, high-quality video conferencing, improved remote working and home security systems, all over a single access in the home,’ he added. Enhanced UBA has been trialled by Telecom in partnership with internet service providers CallPlus and Snap.
Separately, Vodafone New Zealand has announced a broadband wholesale deal with CallPlus subsidiary Slingshot, giving Slingshot access to Vodafone’s fixed line network. Vodafone is locating its own equipment in Telecom exchanges; so far it has completed work at 34 exchanges in Auckland, NZPA reports, with work to begin soon on exchanges in other major cities. Slingshot general manager Mark Callander told NZPA that the competition being created in the wholesale market is ‘ideal for creating competition at a retail level’.