Making resolutions for yourself isn't half as much fun as making resolutions for other people. Not only can you make them fiendish and annoying, but you can badger them endlessly when they fail to live up to your expectations.
With that in mind I thought we should compile a list of resolutions for the telco sector this year. Here's my list. Feel free to send in yours, and we can compare notes at a later date.
Theresa Gattung: CEO of Telecom, the country's incumbent telco
I resolve to grab the bull by the horns and embrace this new telco regime we've got in New Zealand and to quit complaining about how nasty Telstra is in Australia. I'll set up a wholesaling division to sell Telecom network services to the other telcos and start treating customers as a bonus rather than a drain on shareholder value. If customers want to use bandwidth, I'll let them, rather than dictating how they should use it; and while we're at it, why don't we all pull together and see if we can't light up that Southern Cross Cable thing that nobody's using?
Rosemary Howard: CEO of TelstraClear, the country's number two telco
I resolve to finish the job we started in Auckland and Christchurch and provide some competition in the residential space. I will decide what to do with my two competing ISPs, ClearNet and Paradise, and to sort out those annoying customer complaints we're getting now Paradise has moved to Auckland. I can't promise not to smile like the Cheshire Cat every time the commissioner puts out a statement but I'll do my best to keep it to a minimum.
Bob Smith: CEO of Walker Wireless, Auckland-based wireless provider
I resolve to roll out broadband wireless connectivity at a butt-kicking price to homes, small offices, medium-sized business and large outfits so fast that Telecom's head will spin. I resolve to build one of the country's largest telco networks in 12 months and to catch the wireless opposition napping.
Paul Stoddart: chief executive of RoamAD, Auckland-based issuer of press releases
I resolve to tell everyone how this technology of ours actually works and to get even more press coverage this year.
Tex Edwards: MD of Econet, missing in action GSM cellphone network reseller
I resolve to leverage off the existing infrastructure going forward and to focus on the paradigm shifting regulatory regime to produce a world-class company that actually produces a service that customers can actually buy this year. Some time.
Paul Swain: Minister of all things electronic (and roading)
I resolve to focus on the roads and to resist the urge to dish out demerit points for speed camera fines. I resolve to badger my colleagues into learning how to use email -- but then I resolve to do that every year.
Douglas Webb: Telecommunications Commissioner
Actually, Douglas, you don't need to make any resolutions. Just carry on exactly as you are.