TelstraClear touts Telecom Jetstream

Dissatisfied with the lack of progress over the Unbundled Bitstream Service (UBS), TelstraClear has secured a deal to resell Telecom New Zealand Ltd.'s Jetstream DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), just weeks after Telecom announced it would cease offering Jetstream for resale by other ISPs.

The second-largest telco in New Zealand has now developed a series of HighSpeed broadband products that TelstraClear spokesman Mathew Bolland says will deliver both the resold Jetstream service and other wholesale products that may be offered in the future.

Bolland says the resale agreement is a separate arrangement from Telecom's previous partnering deals, and that apart from the internet connection, it allows TelstraClear to resell line services.

Telecom announced on July 26 that it will cease the current Jetstream Partnering plans and won't take any further ISP orders for it after November 30 this year, although that date looks set to be extended due to the current delays over UBS. This week Telecom suspended its planned UBS rollout after the Commerce Commission warned the service did not comply with the specifications it had set.

An e-mail has been sent out to existing Paradise customers with Jetstream Starter accounts, asking them to migrate to the HighSpeed service. "We are focusing on getting Paradise customers onto HighSpeed Internet with TelstraClear," Bolland says.

However, TelstraClear is hedging its bets with UBS. "If UBS becomes available then TelstraClear will choose whether to use either it or Jetstream resale services depending on the viability of either product," says Bolland.

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