Copper Network stories
Copper cabinet phase out to start for Chorus mid-March
Copper cabinets are soon to be a thing of the past for many Kiwis, with Chorus announcing it will switch off its first copper cabinets in mid-March.
Vodafone's copper landline network to be axed next year
10,000 customers are still using its copper phone network, but they will need to move to voice over fibre, wireless, UltraFast HFC, or copper broadband (VoIP).
Commerce Commission finalises consumer protections for withdrawal of copper phone and broadband services
The code sets out the requirements Chorus must meet before it can stop providing wholesale copper phone and broadband services, including ADSL and VDSL.
Spark announces next phase of landline voice calling upgrade, ends voice-over-copper services
Spark to upgrade landline voice calling in Devonport, Auckland and Miramar, Wellington. Customers can choose voice over wireless or voice over fibre.
ComCom seeks feedback on Chorus withdrawal from copper and broadband services
New Zealand's Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on a code designed to protect consumers as Chorus moves them from copper to fibre networks.
Fixed broadband prices most expensive in New Zealand, as fibre overtakes copper
Fibre has surpassed copper as Kiwi households' primary internet access, according to a report by the Commerce Commission.
Chorus CEO to resign after successful company transformation
Chorus CEO Kate McKenzie to return to Australia after leading the firm to a $53M profit.
ComCom says its time to deregulate copper voice services
The Commerce Commission has cited the range of alternative voice offerings and shrinking consumer numbers as reasons to let Spark take the reigns.
NBN promises faster copper speeds with G.fast
The company says the G.fast technology infrastructure will enable faster speeds for FTTC or FTTB setups.
New telco laws for advanced Internet: Goodie bag or mixed bag?
The government has announced a reform of the telco act that will affect Internet around the country - but is it good news for consumers?.
Spark partners with Enable for 'street in a week' in Christchurch
Trials are taking place in parts of Avonhead, Riccarton, Burnside, Russley and Sockburn this week.
Intel debuts silicon photonics – the next BIG thing in data centers
Intel has announced that it has developed silicon photonics technology which will replace data center copper wires.
Chorus says regulator understates network pricing costs such as trenching
Chorus has made a further submission to the Commerce Commission ahead of the final determination on pricing of its copper network.
No dial tone: ComCom holds firm on proposed copper pricing
The Commerce Commission offers up slightly reduced proposed wholesale charges to access the Chorus line - and proposes removing backdating.
Spark to ComCom - why are Kiwis paying more for internet?
New Zealand internet users are calling on the Commerce Commission to reduce wholesale line charges. Spark claims these charges could cost customers at least $500m over the next five years.
Are Vodafone and Spark using ComCom copper prices as an excuse to charge more?
New Zealand ISPs face backlash after raising broadband prices amid uncertainty over wholesale price of copper, says InternetNZ.
Comcom announces view on backdating copper charges, frustrates Chorus
The Commerce Commission has published emerging view on backdating prices for Chorus’ copper lines and broadband service.
Commerce Commission releases draft Chorus FPP prices
The Commission is seeking views from submitters to see if they think the final UCLL price should be backdated, and if so, what would be an appropriate date for this.
Is taxpayer cash being used to plug Chorus' copper hole?
Chorus accused of using taxpayer money intended for fibre network to plug revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson.
Commission consults on approach to copper cost modelling
The New Zealand Commerce Commission has released a consultation paper on the cost models for unbundled bitstream access (UBA) and unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) services.
Labour praises 'sensible' final copper pricing delay...
Commerce Commission extends consultation on final pricing for copper-based broadband, earning support from Labour’s ICT spokeswoman.
Boost for NZ broadband as Chorus invests mega-bucks in Alcatel-Lucent
Chorus has today announced a new set of broadband products designed to deliver more choices for the telecommunications industry and a clear path to fibre.
Chorus braces for $10m earnings hit…
Chorus expects 2014 earnings to take a $9 - $10 million hit following the Commerce Commission’s decision to raise the price of another component on the company’s copper lines.
Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court Chorus slap
High Court rules against NZ government, forcing it to accept Commerce Commission's process for setting copper prices. Labour says govt's mistakes have damaged broadband infrastructure program.