Vodafone NZ remains New Zealand's largest mobile network operator providing voice, data and value-added mobile services. It has had more than 50% of the mobile market since 2003, but since 2010 market share has slipped and by June 2014 it stood at around 42%, with most of its lost customer base moving to mobile operator 2degrees. In late-2012 Vodafone acquired TelstraClear from Telstra Australia, and the purchase brought with it assets including customers, network infrastructure and mobile spectrum. Vodafone has been able to develop an IMS infrastructure to create a single fixed-line and mobile network.
Vodafone NZ also provides fixed-line voice and data services following its acquisition of ISP, ihug. The company operates a 3G HSPA network and a 2G network both with 97% population coverage. The company is also pursuing a wholesale strategy to support mobile virtual network operators as well as providing wholesale fixed-line voice and broadband products via local loop unbundling.
The company has MVNO agreements with several companies including providing 3G services to TelstraClear on a wholesale basis and a roaming agreement with 2degrees in the New Zealand market.
Vodafone and Telecom have an agreement to roll out rural services in the Rural Broadband Initiative using fibre and wireless services. Vodafone was allocated Zone 4 community coverage and will see the rural mobile footprint coverage increase by just over 5% under the agreement. Rural wireless broadband plans are now available.
This report provides an overview of Vodafone New Zealand's operating performance up to FY2014, as well as recent operating developments. It also assesses Vodafone's market strategy in relation to the government's plan for the Ultra-Fast Broadband Network/Rural Broadband Initiative, and its ability to compete effectively in the country's telecom sector following the consolidation of TelstraClear's fixed-line assets.
Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) tower upgrades, installations and wireless broadband coverage, TelstraClear purchase, assets and spectrum, regulatory approval, financial data for FY2014, operational data to June 2014.