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Breaking news: Unbundled Local Loop for New Zealand

By Antonios K, in , posted: 3-May-2006 19:47

The government's hand has been tipped, and they have been forced to reveal that the Local Loop will be unbundled.

So what does this mean?

Expect a lot of rhetoric. It's bad for the country. The competition will rely on regulation rather than invest in new technology.


Whatever we take it to mean, one thing is does mean is that won't be that easy.

ULL gives me access to a network of copper in various grades of condition, from average to really sucky. It will take at least 6 months to implement a new model for the companies to work together, another 6-12 months to implement technology and interconnection points, and so on.

Who says Telecom will be in a hurry to deliver this?

The reality: it's nice to have the copper available at wholesale pricepoint. For the likes of callplus and the other small players it's another way forward. But the reality is that the network still belongs to Telecom, and it will be Telecom that delivers the interconnection model, the staff and the technology to do so. An 'accounting' seperation will need to be

Far better for the bigger operators (Voda and TelstraClear) to focus on what they do: sales onnet. ULL is a distraction at best - certainly a visible distraction - and will only continue to muddy the waters.

What I'd like to know is, how are we going to grow this country and get MORE PEOPLE HERE? 4m people on which 1 uber, 2 major and umpteen minor carriers rely on. I think we're missing the bigger picture here.

UPDATE: David Cunliffe on Campbell saying Telecom forced it.  

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Antonios K
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Antonios has been actively employed in the IT & Technology sector since 1991, and has worked on many commercial projects and products in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Working in product or actively managing programmes of work, he has always focused on building for the end customer, and not just promoting new technologies. Industry experience includes all telecommunications areas for business and private customers, private insurance, loyalty, media, energy and gambling. 

Since 2013, he has been involved with the development and launch of many popular smartphone applications in New Zealand, including

- TAB Mobile
- AMI & State Insurance digital experience
- Fly Buys
- Newshub for web and app
- Genesis Energy & Energy Online
- MyACC for Business

Genuinely passionate about technologies, internet and computing in general, he lives in the city he was born in - Wellington, New Zealand, the creative heart of hub of digital sector for the country.