Finnish vendor Nokia and New Zealand-based wholesale fixed line provider Chorus have agreed to extend their existing managed services agreement for a further three years. Nokia will continue to provide fully-managed end-to-end operations services for Chorus’ customers and will utilise Nokia’s Global Delivery Centre in India for its network management. Commenting on the deal, Ewen Powell, Chorus CTO, said: ‘Our decision to extend the existing agreement reflects our satisfaction with Nokia operations and support services. We need a partner that understands our business and can deliver simplicity over complexity, helping us launch innovative offerings to our partners and their customers while improving the overall reliability of our networks.’
TeleGeography notes that Chorus owns New Zealand’s nationwide copper infrastructure and is currently deploying fibre-optic networks around the country as part of the government-backed Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) project.