TelstraClear to wholesale network

ISPs will be able to offer fibre and cable services

TelstraClear is to begin offering ISPs access to its own cable and fibre networks.

While details about the wholesale plan are still being worked out, TelstraClear spokesman Ralph Little says the company plans to introduce the wholesale service as soon as possible.

TelstraClear has fibre capacity throughout the country and has a cable network in and around Wellington and Christchurch. Plans to expand the cable network into Auckland were scuppered several years ago after a backlash over the intended installation of overhead cables throughout several Auckland suburbs.

No date has yet been set for the launch of the service.

New TelstraClear chief executive Allan Freeth has indicated he will drive the company towards areas of higher profitability rather than simply reselling services on Telecom’s network at low margin rates.

Last month, Freeth told Computerworld he would make sure TelstraClear made more use of its own infrastructure and the decision to offer wholesale services fits in with that direction.

Telstra Australia’s new CEO, Sol Trujillo, is currently conducting his own internal review of Telstra’s operations but Freeth says he has been told not to wait for the results to be finalised.

“The message from the board has been clear — we’ve got to get on with it.”

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