By Juha Saarinen
- iPhone saddoes live!
- Long haul for tall Paul
- Who needs 30,000 customers? Not us.
iPhone saddoes live!
You can chat with them while they wait to be further inducted into the Cult of the iJobs.
Long haul for tall Paul
The Man from Uncle BT, Dr Paul Reynolds, is arriving in September to huge expectations. He will be expected to sort out a large number of problems accumulated during the Gattung era such as the bottomless money-sink that is Telecom’s business, and a government turned hostile after years of provocation and Telecom pretending to be interested in the government’s social targets and going along with them, but not really doing so.
Furthermore, Reynolds will need to think about Telecom’s mobile network transition from CDMA to GSM. How can this be done without customers jumping ship to Vodafone, or one its MVNOs, while the new network is being rolled out and the old one decommissioned? It would be interesting to see an analysis of the 027 network actually, as I hear customer acquisition costs were high, and as a result, the market share threshold at which Telecom would start to hurt is around 40%.
Telecom has also booted its wholesale partners in the head numerous times over the years, and they have nothing but suspicion and cynicism in store for the incumbent.
The incumbent itself is best described as having some very good people on board who are held back by sclerotic management structures that hamper innovation and progress. Where is the NGN, ADSL2+, IPTV, VoIP, you-name-it products that were promised over the years? It’s not regulation holding them back, but management.
Having accepted such a poisoned chalice, it’s only fair that Reynolds should get an extra $600,000 a year over and above Gattung’s remuneration. The question is, will Reynolds be able to achieve anything without a total overhaul of Telecom?
One surprise in Thursday’s announcement was COO Simon Moutter side-lining CFO Marko Bogoievski. That could herald his departure: I hear Marko goes under the “Buggeroffski” moniker at Telecom already.
Anyway, good luck with the new job Paul. Here’s hoping you’ll be able to sort things out and get telecommunications off the social agenda, where it should never have been in the first place.
Who needs 30,000 customers? Not us.
It’s the end of June and what does that mean? Well, among other things, it’s the expiry of the mobile phone deal between TelstraClear and Vodafone.
Unless something drastic happens, from July, some 30,000 TelstraClear customers on 029 will become Vodafone ones. What’s odd is that TelstraClear doesn’t seem to care. Naive old me thinking this is a significant number of customers to lose — I’ve asked the Smales Farm numerous times for comment, but had no response at all.
If you are an 029 customer, I’d be keen to hear from you. Has TelstraClear been in touch with you over the transition? What’s the explanation for not wanting to have you as a customer anymore? Is Vodafone saying anything?
With apologies to the Who
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