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BBWF 2018: Chorus sings the praises of centralised infrastructure model

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Yesteryears rumbling story was the enforced separation of BT and Openreach, and while this might have been nothing more than a thinly veiled show, Ofcom might look at the success of Chorus for future inspiration.

The business is rolling out fibre faster than many in the world, giving rise to a landscape which benefits the consumer and is remaining profitable in the meantime.

Speaking at Broadband World Forum in Berlin, Kate McKenzie, CEO of Chorus, demonstrated just what is actually possible.

Back in 2011, Telecom New Zealand was completely separated into two legal entities; Spark for mobile and Chorus for broadband.

Unlike the Openreach and BT separation, these are two entirely separate (and listed) businesses, both of which are proving to be a success.

Fibre broadband penetration is at roughly 70%, with the team targeting 87%.

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