Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Commerce Commission blocks Sky TV-Vodafone merger

    The Commerce Commission has blocked Sky Television and Vodafone’s planned merger on the grounds that it would be likely to lessen competition by creating a strong vertically integrated pay-TV and full service telecommunications provider owning all premium sports content.

    23 Feb. 17 12:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus doubles half year profit, lifts full year guidance

    Chorus has reported net profit after tax for the six months to 31 December 2016 of $66m, double the figure for the same period last year. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were up 60 percent to $335m.

    20 Feb. 17 16:51 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark lifts half year result, predicts flat full year

    Spark has reported increases in revenue, EBITDA and NPAT for the six months to 32 December but says full year revenue and EBITDA are likely to show zero or minimal growth as a result, in part, of an unexpected estimated $15m increase in full year capex necessitated by the recent Kaikoura earthquake.

    16 Feb. 17 14:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TeamTalk knocks back Spark offer, talks up value

    Directors of NZX listed mobile radio, metro fibre and Internet service provider TeamTalk have rejected Spark’s 80 cents per share offer of 7 February, despite it representing a premium of about 80 percent on the recent share price.

    09 Feb. 17 16:51 Written by Stuart Corner
  • ISPs: Bigger is not better, Consumer NZ survey finds

    Consumer NZ has released the results of its latest survey on consumers’ experience with telcos and internet service providers, saying the two largest ISPs, Spark and Vodafone, trailed the field in customer satisfaction.

    02 Feb. 17 09:40 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Commerce Commission about turn: Spark voice resale to stay regulated

    The Commerce Commission has done a complete about face on its September draft recommendation that Spark’s resale voice services be deregulated after a 12 month transition period and in its final decision is recommending to the minister that it revisit the issue in two years time.

    22 Dec. 16 16:07 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Commerce Commission final decision on Spark voice resale due

    The Commerce Commission is due to release on 22 December its final report on the regulation of Spark’s retail voice services. This follows release of a draft report in September in which the Commission recommended the service be deregulated, saying there were n sufficient competitive alternatives available.

    20 Dec. 16 18:34 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Earthquake brings down 111 service

    The 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the South Island in the early hours of Monday morning created widespread disruption to communications services, including briefly disabling the national 111 service.

    14 Nov. 16 10:15 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Hawaiki Cable manufacture starts

    Hawaiki Submarine cable, the company building a new link between Australia, New Zealand and the US, says manufacture of the cable in the US by contractor TE SubCom has started, and the project is on-track to meet its mid 2018 completion date.

    17 Oct. 16 13:53 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Telco groups hit back at Commerce Commission report

    The Telecommunications Forum (TCF) – the body representing New Zealand telcos – has hit back at the Commerce Commission’s report of an increase in the number of complaints from consumers about their telecom services, claiming that the industry is delivering “world class” service.

    17 Oct. 16 13:50 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Telcos top consumer complaints rankings

    Telecommunications along with domestic appliances was the most complained about industry in 2016, according to the Commerce Commission’s 2016 Consumer Issues Report, released on 27 September.

    27 Sept. 16 11:12 Written by Stuart Corner
  • UFB rollout completed in Whakatane

    Communications minister Amy Adams has announced completion of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network in Whakatane at a total cost of $12 million, bringing the number of fully fibred towns and cities to 20.

    26 Sept. 16 10:37 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Small print costs Trustpower $390k

    Trustpower has been fined $390,000 for misleading consumers about a bundled broadband and electricity supply offer.

    23 Sept. 16 09:18 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone cops $165k fine for misleading advertising

    Vodafone has been fined $165,000 for making false price representations in breach of the Fair Trading Act after the Commerce Commission filed charges against the company in May.

    15 Sept. 16 10:39 Written by Stuart Corner
  • The robots are coming – to queue for you

    Spark says it has brought to New Zealand 100 Alpha 1 robots, manufactured by Chinese company Ubtech, to stand in queues at its stores on behalf of customers.

    12 Sept. 16 16:22 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus growth stalled by regulated prices

    Chorus' results for FY16 hewed very close to those it reported in FY15, saying its result in the most recent financial year was impacted by lower pricing for key services set by the Commerce Commission.

    29 Aug. 16 09:57 Written by Stuart Corner