Telecom, Sky extend alliance
- 15 February, 2001 22:00
Telecom and Sky TV have extended their joint marketing agreement on telecommunications and TV services for a further two years.
With Telstra Saturn - a competitor for both companies - poised to launch its converged offering in Christchurch, Telecom and Sky say their initial one-year agreement will be extended and the trial packages of telephone, internet and home entertainment offered to some customers will be introduced nationally.
Details of the new packages have yet to be announced but Telecom CEO Theresa Gattung says the companies are "driving integration between the telephone, the internet and television with major benefits for our customers.
"Telecom and Sky look forward to providing a range of exciting services for New Zealanders to be entertained and informed, and to communicate and transact business.
Around 6,500 residential customers, mostly in Wellington and Christchurch - the two cities where Telstra Saturn has been active - are on the current trial.
Sky CEO John Fellett also confirmed recently that his company and Ihug have been experimenting with a dual-purpose Ihug dish able to to receive both Sky Digital and Ihug's Ultra internet service.
Sky this week released its half-yearly result, revealing a loss of $19 million, compared to a loss of $4.6 million for the same period last year.