Waikato consortium readies Crown Fibre bid

More consortia likely, says Regional Fibre Group head

Waikato fibre operators WEL Networks, Velocity Networks and Waipa Networks, along with Hamilton Fibre Network, have combined to work on a joint bid for the government’s nationwide fibre roll out.

The consortium also has reach into Bay of Plenty, with the support of Tauranga City Council and Environment Bay of Plenty, says the New Zealand Regional Fibre Group (NZRFG), which represents regional fibre businesses.

To enter the bid process for the government's $1.5 billion fibre initiative, more consortia are likely to be formed by NZRFG members in coming weeks, says spokesperson and WEL Networks CEO Julian Elder.

South Island lines company Westpower has also joined the NZRFG taking its membership to 18.

“There certainly won’t be 33 Local Fibre Companies which some pundits are wrongly predicting, and we have said that from the start,” says Elder.

“What our members are doing is joining together and sharing their expertise to represent various regions because it makes sound business sense and will help meet the government’s expectations. Collectively the NZRFG can roll out fibre faster than most and our desire is to take fibre to the premise and fibre to the home.”

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