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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Webb grows balls, Telecom sulks

Another blow against the monopoly! Douglas Webb and the Telecommunications Commission have grown balls and ruled that number portability will be available to New Zealanders from 1 APR 2007. The decision is binding on all telecommunications companies, and covers mobile phone numbers as well. This means that you will be able to switch from Telecom to Vodafone or vv and be able to keep your phone number. No need to redistribute new contact details or print new business cards. The numbers now effectively become the property of the owner and not the Telecommunications company you use. Hurrah!

Now we just need the local loop to be unbundled, and the exchange and backbone split away from Telecom's retail operations to provide true competition in the retail telecommunications markets.

Oh, other interesting Telecom news which I haven't got time to write about now - Telecom today announced that they are going to switch the current PSTN network to a private VoIP solution between 2007-2012. I wonder why they chose today to announce that? It wouldn't be to counter the number portability announcement would it?

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Posted by Bernard Woolley | 8/31/2005 02:20:00 pm


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Telecoms VoIP platforms sucks. A major Government department switched to it, then requested the old service back because it had so many problems.

They have some rather funny internal name for it, but can't remember what it is off the top of my head.

8/31/2005 02:36:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

What does this mean in english?

8/31/2005 03:44:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

VoIP = voice phonecalls over the Internet (Voice over Internet Protocol)

number portability = ability to move your phone number to another phone company

local loop unbundling = forcing Telecom to give other companies access to the copper wires into your house and down your street

8/31/2005 03:55:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

gooner = dumbass!

All sounds good for consumers though.

8/31/2005 04:27:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

btw, i knew what the unbundling was all abiut.

8/31/2005 04:29:00 pm  

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