Vodafone NZ is just managing to remain as the country’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 continued to slip and by mid-2012 is around 44% with most of its lost customer base moving to mobile operator 2degrees. In mid-2012 the company announced that it was purchasing TelstraClear from Telstra Australia and with that sale come the company assets including customers, network infrastructure and mobile spectrum.
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.
In this report we provide an overview of the financial and operations of the company with analysis in text, tabular and easy-to-read chart format. We also provide brief analysis of Vodafone’s market strategy in relation to the government’s plan for the Ultra-Fast Broadband Network/Rural Broadband Initiative. The figures provided in this report do not include TelstraClear subscribers or its revenue as this information will not be fully integrated until 2013/14.
Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) tower upgrades and installations, TelstraClear purchase, assets and spectrum, regulatory approval.
Companied covered in this report include:
iHug, 2degrees, Telecom, Chorus, Vocus Communications, TelstraClear, Orcon, Compass, M2, TeamTalk, CallPlus, Vodafone, First Mobile, BellSouth NZ, MySky, Kordia, Axia.