ICT Minister Steven Joyce announced today that Crown Fibre Holdings will put out a “request for refined proposals” to all bidders in the government’s Ultra Fast Broadband initiative. He says the “refined proposals” are to seek feedback around potential regulatory settings for the $1.5 billion fibre broadband network and to determine whether Local Fibre Cos should provide Layer 2 (that is active electronics) services.
Joyce was speaking via videoconference at the Telecommunications &ICT Summit in Auckland this morning. In answer to questions from Computerworld he said he wasn’t able to clarify if there were still approximately 32 bidders in the running, but that he hadn’t been told by Crown Fibre Holdings that any had dropped out.
When asked if the request for refined proposals would delay the process of selecting partners for the UFB initiative, Joyce indicated that there was some flexibility in the timetable. So are they on still on track for announcing commercial agreements in September? “September, October, they’re all good months aren’t they?” he replied. Computerworld NZ