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New Zealand Telecommunications Industry Group launched
Posted on 3-Apr-2009 19:02. | Tags Filed under: News.

New Zealand’s leading telecommunications providers have come together to create an industry group with the aim of improving the way we invest in infrastructure within New Zealand.

According to Vodafone New Zealand, the government has indicated it wants to see the telecommunications industry not only work together to solve the industry’s problems but also lead the charge in terms of New Zealand’s economic development on the world stage.

The Telecommunications Industry Group (TIG) has been formed with the goal of creating a more efficient, more sustainable approach to industry investment.

The group, which is comprised of most of the major telecommunications investors in New Zealand, will meet on a monthly basis to iron out a better way for the industry to work together towards its goals, says inaugural chair, Russell Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand.

“As an industry we’ve been challenged by government to work better together, to deliver on the promise of a telecommunications industry that works for all New Zealanders. We’ve got some big hurdles to cross but in setting up this group we’ve taken the first step on the journey. In these trying economic times it’s vital that we work smarter, that our investment works harder than ever before, so this group will meet regularly to work towards that goal.”

Any telco that provides network-based telco services can join and there is an associate membership level for interested parties in the telco supply chain. To date, Callplus, Citylink, FX Networks, Kordia, Telecom (Group), Woosh, WorldXChange, Vector and Vodafone have all signed up to join the group.

“This group won’t slow competition in the market. This year, more than ever before, we will fight for every customer in a market that’s more competitive than at any time in New Zealand’s history. The aim of this group is to help us all work together where we can for the betterment of our customers – the people of New Zealand,” says Stanners.

The association’s first formal meeting will be held in April.

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