Chorus reveals draft UFB price list; seeks feedback on services

Pricing released ahead of structural separation of Telecom

Chorus has released a draft price list for the services it intends to offer retail service providers as part of the Ultra Fast Broadband initiative.

The services are due to be launched in August and September and the company is seeking industry feedback in a joint consultation process with Crown Fibre Holdings and the Telecommunications Carriers Forum. This is ahead of Telecom’s undertaking to demerge Chorus, subject to shareholder approval, by the end of the year.

“We are pleased to be able to share the new products we have under development and look forward to hearing the industry’s feedback as we move together towards the fibre future,” says Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe, in a statement today.

The pricing and services that a Retail Service Provider will pay Chorus for a fibre connection (exclusive of GST) are as follows:

Direct Fibre Access (layer one services) - $355 per month

Bandwidth Fibre Access (‘grey fibre’ or fibre with data transfer bandwidth management) - $380 per month for up to 100Mbps download speeds, $455 per month for up to 1Gbps download speeds, $1,355 per month for up to 10Gbps download speeds.

Bitstream 2 (services aimed at consumers) - $37.50 per month for 10Mbps upstream /30Mbps downstream or $55 per month for 50Mbps/100Mbps.

Bitstream 3 and 3a (services aimed at medium business or branch offices) – $175 per month for up to 100Mbps.

Full descriptions and information on additional services can be found here.

Chorus also announced today that from August 24 it is reducing the pricing of its High Speed Network Service (HSNS) product. It has also launched Chorus Co-Innovation Labs in Auckland and Wellington to support RSPs in their product development.

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