Three telco providers to wholesale XT network

Zintel Cogent, Telcoinabox and Digital Island to wholesale network

Telecomms providers Zintel Cogent, Telcoinabox and Digital Island have entered into a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) agreement with Telecom, to wholesale Telecom’s XT network.

Zintel Cogent’s statement to the NZ Stock Exchange doesn’t refer to the Telecom mobile network by its XT brand name, instead calling it Telecom’s “WCDMA mobile network”.

The opening paragraph of the statement to the NZX reads: “Business telecommunications specialist Zintel Cogent has entered into a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreement with Telecom to wholesale its WCDMA cellular network.”

Zintel executive director Paul Connell says in the statement: “We are now able to offer the full range of telecommunications solutions including design, business telephone systems, applications, service and support together with connectivity including fixed lines, mobile and data”.

The full text of the statement can be seen at the NZX website.

Meanwhile, Telecoinabox issued a media release today announcing it has also signed a wholesale deal for the XT network.

Like Zintel-Cogent, Telcoinabox refers to the network as WCDMA, not mentioning the XT label in the release.

Telecom external communications manager Nicole Walker says the term XT wasn't used in those statements because "What we are giving these customers is access to the core WCDMA network.

"They will develop their own brand to take their mobile product to market".

Telcoinabox CEO Shannon Fisher says his company's agreement pre-dates Zintel-Cogent's, being signed on April 19.

Telecom indicated its intention to wholesale the network last year.

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