Vodafone, Telecom NZ partner on rural broadband plan

Vodafone, Telecom NZ partner on rural broadband plan
(Telecompaper) Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone announced a partnership to develop rural broadband services. The two operators submitted the proposed to the Rural Broadband Initiative, the government’s programme for bringing fibre broadband to at least 97 percent of rural schools and a minimum 5Mbps broadband service to 80 percent of rural households within six years. The companies said they will combine their resources to build new, open access network infrastructure for the provision of broadband in rural areas using a range of technologies. Telecom’s existing fibre infrastructure would be extended to key rural points of presence, including schools and hospitals, and an expanded Vodafone wireless infrastructure supprted by the fibre network would deliver mobile broadband services. The proposal extends Telecom’s fast broadband (10Mbps+) rollout to 92 percent of the country, while also providing an open infrastructure for alternative providers. Telecom will be responsible for building fibre to schools and hospitals, cell sites and rural exchanges and cabinets. Vodafone will be responsible for the design and build of open access tower infrastructure that Vodafone and Telecom XT will co-locate their mobile services on, as could any other wireless service provider who wishes to do so. Vodafone and Telecom said they are open to future collaboration with other parties to deliver broadband services to regional and remote parts of New Zealand. The Ministry of Economic Development is running the bid process for the RBI, and a decision by the Minister is expected to be made by Christmas.[Lees verder]

Vodafone, Telecom NZ partner on rural broadband plan
(Telecompaper) Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone announced a partnership to develop rural broadband services. The two operators submitted the proposed to the Rural Broadband Initiative, the government’s programme for bringing fibre broadband to at least 97 percent of rural schools and a minimum 5Mbps broadband service to 80 percent of rural households within six years. The companies said they will combine their resources to build new, open access network infrastructure for the provision of broadband in rural areas using a range of technologies. Telecom’s existing fibre infrastructure would be extended to key rural points of presence, including schools and hospitals, and an expanded Vodafone wireless infrastructure supprted by the fibre network would deliver mobile broadband services. The proposal extends Telecom’s fast broadband (10Mbps+) rollout to 92 percent of the country, while also providing an open infrastructure for alternative providers. Telecom will be responsible for building fibre to schools and hospitals, cell sites and rural exchanges and cabinets. Vodafone will be responsible for the design and build of open access tower infrastructure that Vodafone and Telecom XT will co-locate their mobile services on, as could any other wireless service provider who wishes to do so. Vodafone and Telecom said they are open to future collaboration with other parties to deliver broadband services to regional and remote parts of New Zealand. The Ministry of Economic Development is running the bid process for the RBI, and a decision by the Minister is expected to be made by Christmas.[Lees verder]

Primus to buy Arbinet, sell certain European ops
(Telecompaper) Telecom product and service provider Primus Telecommunications has entered into a definitive agreement to fully acquire global communications exchange service provider Arbinet for USD 28 million, in an all-stock transaction. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the merger, which is still subject to the usual regulatory approvals. The buy is expected to close in the first quarter. After completion, Primus will integrate Arbinet into its Global Wholesale group, which should add over USD 300 million in annual revenue and generate accretive cost synergies of USD 3-7 million annually for the next two years. On a pro forma basis, the Wholesale business unit is expected to generate over USD 500 million in annual revenue, and bring the total consolidated annual run rate revenue to over USD 1 billion. Primus president and CEO Peter Aquino said the acquisition is expected to realise significant synergies over time. The acquisition is expected to enhance the global competitive positioning of the company and up gross margins and EBITDA by eliminating operating redundancies and increase scale. Separately, Primus has engaged Akira Partners UK to sell certain assets in the UK, France, Belgium and Italy. Primus has also worked to sell assets in other European countries. To date, the sales of the UK, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy operations are closed.[Lees verder]

BT adds 114,000 net broadband customers in Q2
(Telecompaper) BT Group has reported adjusted revenue of GBP 4.98 billion for the second quarter ending 30 September, down 3 percent from GBP 5.12 billion a year earlier, with adjusted EBITDA up 3 percent to GBP 1.45 billion, from GBP 1.42 billion. Adjusted operating profit was up percent to GBP 715 million, from GBP 656 million a year earlier, with adjusted pre-tax profit up 13 percent to GBP 496 million, from GBP 440 million. The company has raised its 2010/2011 full-year outlook and now expects adjusted EBITDA to be around GBP 5.8 billion. BT Global Services generated Q2 revenue of GBP 1.99 billion, down 2 percent from GBP 2.02 billion a year earlier, reflecting the ongoing trend of declining UK calls and lines revenue, and the impact of lower wholesale call volumes in Continental Europe. EBITDA for the division was up 45 percent to GBP 138 million, from GBP 95 million in the year-earlier second quarter. BT Retail posted Q2 revenue of GBP 1.93 billion, down 4 percent from GBP 2.02 billion a year earlier, with EBITDA down 8 percent to GBP 414 million, from GBP 451 million. Broadband net additions reached 114,000 in Q2, accounting for 45 percent of total market DSL and LLU net additions. The company’s Wi-Fi network has passed 2 million hotspots and the free BT Fon application has been downloaded over 170,000 times to iPhone and Android devices since its September launch.[Lees verder]

Vodafone, Telecom NZ partner on rural broadband plan
(Telecompaper) Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone announced a partnership to develop rural broadband services. The two operators submitted the proposed to the Rural Broadband Initiative, the government’s programme for bringing fibre broadband to at least 97 percent of rural schools and a minimum 5Mbps broadband service to 80 percent of rural households within six years. The companies said they will combine their resources to build new, open access network infrastructure for the provision of broadband in rural areas using a range of technologies. Telecom’s existing fibre infrastructure would be extended to key rural points of presence, including schools and hospitals, and an expanded Vodafone wireless infrastructure supprted by the fibre network would deliver mobile broadband services. The proposal extends Telecom’s fast broadband (10Mbps+) rollout to 92 percent of the country, while also providing an open infrastructure for alternative providers. Telecom will be responsible for building fibre to schools and hospitals, cell sites and rural exchanges and cabinets. Vodafone will be responsible for the design and build of open access tower infrastructure that Vodafone and Telecom XT will co-locate their mobile services on, as could any other wireless service provider who wishes to do so. Vodafone and Telecom said they are open to future collaboration with other parties to deliver broadband services to regional and remote parts of New Zealand. The Ministry of Economic Development is running the bid process for the RBI, and a decision by the Minister is expected to be made by Christmas.[Lees verder]

Vodafone, Telecom NZ partner on rural broadband plan
(Telecompaper) Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone announced a partnership to develop rural broadband services. The two operators submitted the proposed to the Rural Broadband Initiative, the government’s programme for bringing fibre broadband to at least 97 percent of rural schools and a minimum 5Mbps broadband service to 80 percent of rural households within six years. The companies said they will combine their resources to build new, open access network infrastructure for the provision of broadband in rural areas using a range of technologies. Telecom’s existing fibre infrastructure would be extended to key rural points of presence, including schools and hospitals, and an expanded Vodafone wireless infrastructure supprted by the fibre network would deliver mobile broadband services. The proposal extends Telecom’s fast broadband (10Mbps+) rollout to 92 percent of the country, while also providing an open infrastructure for alternative providers. Telecom will be responsible for building fibre to schools and hospitals, cell sites and rural exchanges and cabinets. Vodafone will be responsible for the design and build of open access tower infrastructure that Vodafone and Telecom XT will co-locate their mobile services on, as could any other wireless service provider who wishes to do so. Vodafone and Telecom said they are open to future collaboration with other parties to deliver broadband services to regional and remote parts of New Zealand. The Ministry of Economic Development is running the bid process for the RBI, and a decision by the Minister is expected to be made by Christmas.[Lees verder]

Primus to buy Arbinet, sell certain European ops
(Telecompaper) Telecom product and service provider Primus Telecommunications has entered into a definitive agreement to fully acquire global communications exchange service provider Arbinet for USD 28 million, in an all-stock transaction. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the merger, which is still subject to the usual regulatory approvals. The buy is expected to close in the first quarter. After completion, Primus will integrate Arbinet into its Global Wholesale group, which should add over USD 300 million in annual revenue and generate accretive cost synergies of USD 3-7 million annually for the next two years. On a pro forma basis, the Wholesale business unit is expected to generate over USD 500 million in annual revenue, and bring the total consolidated annual run rate revenue to over USD 1 billion. Primus president and CEO Peter Aquino said the acquisition is expected to realise significant synergies over time. The acquisition is expected to enhance the global competitive positioning of the company and up gross margins and EBITDA by eliminating operating redundancies and increase scale. Separately, Primus has engaged Akira Partners UK to sell certain assets in the UK, France, Belgium and Italy. Primus has also worked to sell assets in other European countries. To date, the sales of the UK, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy operations are closed.[Lees verder]

BT adds 114,000 net broadband customers in Q2
(Telecompaper) BT Group has reported adjusted revenue of GBP 4.98 billion for the second quarter ending 30 September, down 3 percent from GBP 5.12 billion a year earlier, with adjusted EBITDA up 3 percent to GBP 1.45 billion, from GBP 1.42 billion. Adjusted operating profit was up percent to GBP 715 million, from GBP 656 million a year earlier, with adjusted pre-tax profit up 13 percent to GBP 496 million, from GBP 440 million. The company has raised its 2010/2011 full-year outlook and now expects adjusted EBITDA to be around GBP 5.8 billion. BT Global Services generated Q2 revenue of GBP 1.99 billion, down 2 percent from GBP 2.02 billion a year earlier, reflecting the ongoing trend of declining UK calls and lines revenue, and the impact of lower wholesale call volumes in Continental Europe. EBITDA for the division was up 45 percent to GBP 138 million, from GBP 95 million in the year-earlier second quarter. BT Retail posted Q2 revenue of GBP 1.93 billion, down 4 percent from GBP 2.02 billion a year earlier, with EBITDA down 8 percent to GBP 414 million, from GBP 451 million. Broadband net additions reached 114,000 in Q2, accounting for 45 percent of total market DSL and LLU net additions. The company’s Wi-Fi network has passed 2 million hotspots and the free BT Fon application has been downloaded over 170,000 times to iPhone and Android devices since its September launch.[Lees verder]

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