According to Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH), the government agency in charge of managing New Zealand’s NZD1.5 billion (USD1.1 billion) Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative, a total of 13 internet service providers (ISPs) have signalled their intention to provide retail services using the wholesale fibre-optic network. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the UFB initiative will be responsible for delivering fibre-optic broadband to over 75% of New Zealanders within the next ten years. The following ISPs have all signed letters of intent confirming their plans: CallPlus/Slingshot, FX Networks, Kordia, Maxnet, Orcon, Rural Link (Hamilton), TrustPower Kinect (Tauranga), Uber Group (Whangarei), Velocity Networks (Hamilton), Vodafone New Zealand, Woosh, WorldxChange and Xf Net (Whangarei).
Graham Mitchell, CEO of CFH, commented: ’We’ve worked hard to make wholesale services affordable, and we’re delighted that’s been acknowledged in the strong interest received from so many retail service providers. One key to the success of the UFB initiative is a wide range of retail service providers offering new and exciting products. Given the attractive UFB wholesale prices, retailers will be able to offer superior internet and voice services for much the same price as customers pay for communications over copper today. There’s also the ability to offer high definition video, and in the business market, the full benefits of cloud computing’. Crown Fibre has indicated that specific pricing structures and service packages will be revealed by the participating ISPs in the coming weeks.