Kordia, Woosh, FX Networks reveal more on rural bid

OpenGate consortium hits back at 'public misinformation'

The OpenGate alliance formed by Kordia, Woosh and FX Networks to bid for the government’s Rural Broadband Initiative has released further information, in an effort to address what it terms is “an impressive amount of public misinformation”.

There are two other bidders for the RBI contract – OpenGate, a joint Telecom/Vodafone bid and a consortium of iwi called Torotoro Waea. A decision on the RBI is pending, with industry speculation the Vodafone and Telecom bid is the front runner.

“There has been a lot of speculation by the media on which consortium will be the winner,” the OpenGate statement reads. “Telecom and Vodafone have gone so far as to publish details of their bid on the Vodafone website. Until today, OpenGat:FX has not."

OpenGate’s bid

OpenGate states its solution will deliver a broadband connection of 10mbit/s or more to 83 percent of rural New Zealand for $60 a month.

Kordia CEO Geoff Hunt says it will “connect a customer at full speed 40 kms from a wireless site and that is a significant advance on what can be achieved with copper.”

FX Networks would build out 7700 kms of new rural fibre to existing and to-be-constructed cellsites, and Kordia and Woosh will put “a massive 70MHz of wireless spectrum into play.”

In addition, “Kordia would deploy 506 new radio access base stations using the latest fourth generation (4G) wireless technology,” he says.

OpenGate says it has agreed to collaborate with Maori interests and the Regional Fibre Group.

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