ROCPAC’s FSA Supply Agreement with BroadSpectrum (BS), came to a natural end on the 30th June.
The ROCPAC team would like to formally thank BS for an awesome 15 year supply arrangement which ran seamlessly through several name changes … Areva … Transfield … Broaspectrum !
Many great friendships have been made and we look forward to an on-going business relationship well into the future.
Chorus has hired Downer EDI and Cimic Group's Visionstream to maintain its copper and fibre telecommunications network for the next three years at a cost of about $450 million.
The new contracts cut out Broadspectrum, which along with Downer and Visionstream was one of Chorus's existing maintenance contractors. Under the new framework, Visionstream will cover Auckland and all areas north of Auckland, while Downer gets the rest of New Zealand. The maintenance deals are separate to the ultrafast broadband installation.
Broadspectrum is still a contractor on the first tranche of the UFB build, which finishes this year, and the principal contractor on the UFB2 build, which runs to the end of 2022.
The new arrangements come as Chorus overhauls its supply chain in response to a critical review of the way it managed the contracting out of most of its network UFB construction and maintenance.
A MartinJenkins report in April found the model was appropriate to manage unexpected surges in demand and let the service firms scale up or down to meet the required work. However, the risk of migrant exploitation wasn't well-understood by any of the parties, and a Labour Inspectorate investigation discovered widespread issues.
"These contracts are the first step in moving Chorus beyond the major UFB network build and connect programmes and into an operating model that provides the ongoing experience our customers expect," Chorus general manager of network and field management Andrew Carroll said in a statement.
"We have chosen partners who we are confident will deliver the right overall results, not just the cheapest option."
In 2009, Visionstream introduced the sub-contracting model to Chorus before it was carved out of Telecom Corp. The work had previously sat with Downer and Broadspectrum and largely relied on direct employees.
Chorus said it expects there will be an opportunity for Broadspectrum staff on the maintenance contracts to move to Downer, which will need to hire new workers. The shares last traded at $6.28. They have climbed 29 percent so far this year, making them the third-best performance on the S&P/NZX 50 Index.
Chorus completes Ultra-Fast Broadband build in Thames
Press Release: Thames Coromandel District CouncilThe roll-out of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) to Thames is now complete and more than 20 percent of the 3000 premises able to connect to the new Chorus network have already done so.Nationally, the average uptake of fibre broadband is about 42% several years into the UFB programme.Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie has welcomed the news and is very keen to embrace what the connectivity means for Thames."Bring it on! Thames is now plugged into the global mainframe at high speed. We're very excited about how Ultra-Fast Broadband will make a difference for doing business and being connected at home and work. We're really looking forward to the other 13 Coromandel communities on the Government's UFB build list being connected over the next few years,” Mayor Sandra says.See the schedule for the UFB fibre build in the Coromandel below. Work began in late August in Te Puru.Fibre broadband provides a dedicated line which allows for a reliable and consistent user experience with no data constraints, even at the busiest times of day. Not only is it about getting things done faster, it’s about multiple people being able to do everything they like online, all at the same time.Chorus Network Strategy Manager Kurt Rodgers says: “UFB is transforming New Zealand’s economy by boosting productivity, connecting our communities and enhancing our connection to the rest of the world.“Consumer behaviour has changed with the arrival of online streaming services, and as more and more content moves online, fibre will be necessary for all New Zealanders to participate," he says.“As Chorus crosses the country laying fibre, more New Zealanders can, and are, taking advantage of our faster, more reliable broadband.”While Chorus provides the technology, it does not sell broadband plans directly and instead works with phone and broadband providers to get people connected.Your broadband provider can guide you through the ordering and installation process, as well as plans and associated costs.To find a plan that is right for you, try broadbandcompare.co.nz, or head to chorus.co.nz to use the broadband checker to be sure you’re getting the best broadband you can.
UFB fibre build schedule• Thames - completed
• Te Puru - completion scheduled for April 2019
• Waiomu - completion scheduled for May 2020
• Tapu - completion scheduled for March 2020
• Coromandel Town - completion scheduled for January 2020
• Matarangi - completion scheduled for October 2020
• Whangapoua - completion scheduled for January 2020
• Kuaotunu - completion scheduled for January 2020
• Whitianga - completion scheduled for August 2020
• Ferry Landing/Cooks Beach - completion scheduled for May 2021
• Hahei - completion scheduled for September 2019
• Tairua-Pauanui - completion scheduled for March 2022