Vodafone New Zealand has teamed up with local pay-TV provider SKY Network Television to launch the Vodafone TV service. The cloud-based service allows users to access free-to-air channels, movies and streaming services over multiple devices via a central box hub. The TV offering will be bundled with Vodafone’s fibre broadband products. In June 2016 Vodafone NZ and SKY announced plans to merge, but the tie-up was called off earlier this year after regulators raised concerns over its effects on competition.
Separately, wholesale network operator Chorus says that 70% of fibre customers in New Zealand now access broadband services with download speeds of 100Mbps or higher. The firm has 309,000 users hooked up to its fibre networks, with services sold via third-party providers. 87% of homes in New Zealand are due to have access to fibre-based services by 2022.