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Copper cabinet phase out to start for Chorus mid-March
Mon, 14th Mar 2022
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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.
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Vodafone's copper landline network to be axed next year
Tue, 5th Oct 2021
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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).
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Commerce Commission finalises consumer protections for withdrawal of copper phone and broadband services
Thu, 10th Dec 2020
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The code sets out the requirements Chorus must meet before it can stop providing wholesale copper phone and broadband services, including ADSL and VDSL.
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Spark announces next phase of landline voice calling upgrade, ends voice-over-copper services
Thu, 16th Jul 2020
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Spark to upgrade landline voice calling in Devonport, Auckland and Miramar, Wellington. Customers can choose voice over wireless or voice over fibre.
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ComCom seeks feedback on Chorus withdrawal from copper and broadband services
Wed, 20th May 2020
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New Zealand's Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on a code designed to protect consumers as Chorus moves them from copper to fibre networks.
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Fixed broadband prices most expensive in New Zealand, as fibre overtakes copper
Fri, 13th Mar 2020
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Fibre has surpassed copper as Kiwi households' primary internet access, according to a report by the Commerce Commission.
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Chorus CEO to resign after successful company transformation
Mon, 26th Aug 2019
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Chorus CEO Kate McKenzie to return to Australia after leading the firm to a $53M profit.
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ComCom says its time to deregulate copper voice services
Mon, 22nd Jul 2019
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The Commerce Commission has cited the range of alternative voice offerings and shrinking consumer numbers as reasons to let Spark take the reigns.
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NBN promises faster copper speeds with G.fast
Wed, 25th Oct 2017
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NBN's G.fast tech set to turbocharge UK copper broadband in 2018.
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New telco laws for advanced Internet: Goodie bag or mixed bag?
Fri, 2nd Jun 2017
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The government has announced a reform of the telco act that will affect Internet around the country - but is it good news for consumers?.
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Spark partners with Enable for 'street in a week' in Christchurch
Tue, 21st Feb 2017
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Spark and Enable's 'street in a week' arrives in Christchurch, promising day-long fibre installs to hasten broadband upgrades.
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Intel debuts silicon photonics – the next BIG thing in data centers
Thu, 18th Aug 2016
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Intel has announced that it has developed silicon photonics technology which will replace data center copper wires.
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Chorus says regulator understates network pricing costs such as trenching
Tue, 18th Aug 2015
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Chorus has made a further submission to the Commerce Commission ahead of the final determination on pricing of its copper network.
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No dial tone: ComCom holds firm on proposed copper pricing
Thu, 2nd Jul 2015
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The Commerce Commission offers up slightly reduced proposed wholesale charges to access the Chorus line - and proposes removing backdating.
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Spark to ComCom - why are Kiwis paying more for internet?
Wed, 1st Jul 2015
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Kiwis rally as Spark demands ComCom lower steep internet line charges ahead of crucial decision.
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Are Vodafone and Spark using ComCom copper prices as an excuse to charge more?
Thu, 8th Jan 2015
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New Zealand ISPs face backlash after raising broadband prices amid uncertainty over wholesale price of copper, says InternetNZ.
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Comcom announces view on backdating copper charges, frustrates Chorus
Fri, 19th Dec 2014
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The Commerce Commission has published emerging view on backdating prices for Chorus’ copper lines and broadband service.
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Commerce Commission releases draft Chorus FPP prices
Tue, 2nd Dec 2014
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Chorus may face an $80m annual EBITDA reduction as the Commerce Commission proposes new copper line and broadband service prices.
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Is taxpayer cash being used to plug Chorus' copper hole?
Mon, 21st Jul 2014
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Chorus accused of using taxpayer money intended for fibre network to plug revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson.
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Commission consults on approach to copper cost modelling
Wed, 9th Jul 2014
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copper network
Commerce Commission invites feedback on cost modelling proposals for UCLL and UBA services, aiming for fair telecom pricing.
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Labour praises 'sensible' final copper pricing delay...
Fri, 23rd May 2014
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Commerce Commission extends consultation on final pricing for copper-based broadband, earning support from Labour’s ICT spokeswoman.
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Boost for NZ broadband as Chorus invests mega-bucks in Alcatel-Lucent
Wed, 14th May 2014
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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.
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Chorus braces for $10m earnings hit…
Fri, 25th Apr 2014
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Chorus faces a $10m hit to 2014 earnings after a Commerce Commission decision hikes copper line component prices, backdating charges.
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Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court Chorus slap
Thu, 17th Apr 2014
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High Court deals blow to John Key over Chorus, urging adherence to Commerce Commission's copper pricing.