Telecom New Zealand, Enable establish wholesale pact for business, consumer services

Telecom New Zealand has struck a wholesale agreement with Enable to deliver fiber-based services to businesses and consumers in Christchurch.

Enable, which is the New Zealand government's Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) partner, said it will begin offering businesses fiber-based services "soon" with plans to begin a residential broadband trial.  However, neither service provider revealed the pricing for the new fiber-based service plans.

Under the terms of the contract it has with Crown Fibre Holdings, Enable can take part in a jointly owned venture with Chorus, one of the UFB's main providers.

Chris Quin, CEO of Gen-i, TNZ's ICT provider unit, said the agreement will enable the service provider to deliver fiber-based connectivity to existing and new customers for its suite of IT, data center and managed cloud services.

"We look forward to signing up our first business clients to fibre services over Enable's network soon, and partnering with them to realise the full benefits of ultra-fast broadband and create economic value for the Canterbury region," Quin said.

For more:
- The National Business Review has this article

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