Telecom New Zealand has announced that it has signed a wholesale services agreement with Northpower Fibre which will allow it to deliver fibre-based services to the Whangarei region. Northpower was one of the few non-Telecom NZ 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. Acting Telecom CEO Chris Quin commented: ‘Whangarei is at the centre of economic activity in Northland. Our partnership with Northpower Fibre will ensure that we continue to deliver on the objectives of the Government’s UFB investment. These technologies allow organisations to adopt new ways of working and support a more mobile and flexible workforce, creating more employment opportunities, which is essential for the economic development of Northland. This can only happen if we have strong partnerships with local fibre companies such as Northpower Fibre’.
According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, approximately two-thirds of the 33 geographical UFB contracts were awarded to Telecom’s Chorus unit, with the remaining agreements going to Enable (Christchurch), 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). In March this year Telecom announced that it had signed a wholesale services agreement with Enable Networks to re-sell fibre-optic broadband services in Christchurch; it remains unclear as to whether Telecom intends to strike an additional wholesale deal with WEL.