Telecom NZ inks Christchurch UFB wholesale deal with Enable

14 Mar 2012

Telecom New Zealand has announced that it has signed a wholesale services agreement with Enable Networks to re-sell fibre-optic broadband services in Christchurch; Enable was one of the few non-Telecom companies to be awarded a government contract by Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) in May 2011, as part of the country’s Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative. The Christchurch-based firm was launched in 2007 as a fully owned subsidiary of Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL), the investment arm of the Christchurch City Council.

According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, approximately two-thirds of the 33 geographical contracts were awarded to Telecom’s Chorus unit, with the remaining agreements going to Enable, WEL Networks (also known as the ‘Central North Island Fibre Consortium’ and ‘Ultra Fast Fibre’) and Northpower Limited, for the areas of Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Hawera and Tokoroa (WEL) and Whangarei (Northpower). It remains unclear as to whether Telecom intends to strike similar wholesale deals with WEL and Northpower.

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