In a recently-announced deal that will purportedly drive uptake of broadband in rural New Zealand, the country's foremost mobile communications provider, Vodafone, and satellite internet provider, Farmside, are partnering to deliver broadband to rural customers.
The deal will see Vodafone using its marketing influence to promote Farmside's offerings for rural customers, which also include a $500 funding for customers identified as commercially 'non-viable', as per the Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO).
As per the media reports, nearly $20 a month would have to be paid by Broadband customers for superfast internet connections to be provided later this year by Telecom Wholesale.
However, this might not happen if the Commerce Commission, which is looking into the charges, intervenes.
As Telecom recently expressed that it would cope up with technical issues which caused its new mobile network to interfere with Vodafone's service, Vodafone has nodded its head in yes to abandon legal proceedings against Telecom Corp., New Zealand's largest listed company.
It was put forward by Telecom that the agreement indicated that the novel network could enter into operation by the end of the month.
Vodafone Australia and Hutchison Telecommunications have proposed to merge and would operate under the brand name of Vodafone, VHA. After the merger VHA’s revenue shall go up to $ 4 billion and its customers to about 6 million.