Today Vodafone and Vocus announced a joint partnership to offer unbundled fibre from 2020.
Jordan Carter, Chief Executive of InternetNZ, says unbundling is likely to lead to more innovation, better services and better prices for New Zealanders.
Unbundling means retail ISPs and others gain direct access to fibre broadband cables, so they can install their own network technology and manage their whole service to the customer. Without unbundling, broadband package details – like their speed and so on – are managed by Chorus or other local fibre companies.
InternetNZ has long advocated for unbundling, historically on the copper broadband network and more recently for UFB fibre, including through the recent Telecommunications Act review.
"Unbundling has worked for New Zealand before, and we see the potential for it to lead to more choice and more competition on fibre too."
Any unbundling arrangements would be subject to negotiation and agreement between a number of players - Vodafone and Vocus with Chorus, Enable, UltraFast Fibre and Northpower.
"We hope that all parties are able to prioritise meeting and discussing mutually acceptable terms for fibre unbundling. That would be good for New Zealand, by doing more to unlock the potential of the UFB investments made over the past decade,” says Carter.