Zeon: There was a pricing model recently for a UFB ISP in Whangarei. The cost of backhaul from Whangarei to Auckland was like half the bandwidth cost.
While there are quite a few competitors is anything realistically going to change there?
Depends on what Telecom choose to do.
I think it's likely that Telecom would keep a uniform price over the whole country.
In places like Whangarei the other transit providers will either figure it out or loose market share to Telecom.
However, if I was North Power (the UFB LFC in Northland), I'd be looking to Hawaiki to put a branch unit off the coast and give them the ability to be a second landing station.
If I was running a Northland ISP I'd then be looking for a wave length direct to Sydney and put 100Gb ends on it.
This would then open up transit market back to Auckland for them as well. Currently Northland has the same problem everything south of Auckland has. All the traffic is being pulled from Auckland and very little pushed back, so they end up paying the entire cost of the links rather than their side being an income stream or cost off set.