Chorus of disapproval greets NZ 5G plans

8 Dec 2017

New Zealand telco Spark has said a suggestion by wholesale network operator Chorus that the country should roll out a single shared 5G system is ‘entirely self-serving and not in the interests of consumers’. Spark’s Managing Director Simon Moutter said consumers have benefited hugely from competition between New Zealand’s three mobile network providers – Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees – in respect of 3G and 4G services, and there is no reason why the same should not apply to the next generation of mobile technology. He added: ‘A monopoly is and always should be the last resort option for a market, not the first as Chorus is proposing … And any suggestion that taxpayers should be asked to pay for a 5G monopoly in our country is ludicrous.’

Meanwhile, rival operator Vodafone has also criticised the Chorus proposals, which said a shared 5G network should be deployed in the same manner that fibre infrastructure has been rolled out under the country’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) scheme. In a statement the telco said: ‘The conditions that led to the UFB model – a vertically integrated incumbent and a lack of high speed broadband – simply do not exist in New Zealand’s mobile market.’

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