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Not to be outdone by ihug

By Gary R, in , posted: 10-Aug-2007 09:50

It seems that Orcon are now claiming a first as well as TCL and ihug in the race to slap some gear in a Telecom exchange.

On the Kordia website the press release from Orcon is claiming to be the 'first 100% Kiwi-owned telecommunications provider to unbundle the local loop.'

Quite amusing really when you consider that Orcon are owned by Kordia who are a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) or essentially a commercial government owned company. It is also amusing because Telecom was once an SOE as well.

Enshrined into the State Owned Enterprises Act is the principal of social responsibility:

'an organisation that exhibits a sense of social responsibility by having regard to the interests of the community in which it operates and by endeavouring to accommodate or encourage these when able to do so.'

Social responsibility should also mean that Kordia/Orcon has an obligation to place DSLAMS in Telecom exchanges that are not just based in the plumb suburbs of NZ. In other words the areas of this country that are not economically viable, the areas that will be ignored by ihug.

Personally, I could not really care if Orcon ends up offering the fastest and cheapest broadband in this country. The fact that they are government owned turns me off straight away. I already give enough money to the Labour Corporation.



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Comment by grant_k, on 10-Aug-2007 10:55

"Social responsibility should also mean that Kordia/Orcon has an obligation to place DSLAMS in Telecom exchanges that are not just based in the plumb suburbs of NZ. In other words the areas of this country that are not economically viable, the areas that will be ignored by ihug."

Yes indeed! This is what Orcon are saying in the following Herald story today:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/3/story.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10456880

"Orcon would be locating broadband equipment in every open exchange.


"Orcon, with the backing of Kordia, has made a commitment on a nationwide launch, which means we intend being in most towns," said Bartlett. "Anyone not covered will be covered by our wireless 'Extend' service.""


It's interesting to see this kind of commitment being made. Certainly not what many people were predicting when ULL was first announced last year.


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