Vodafone - New Zealand

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Vodafone - New Zealand

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.

Key developments:

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.

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.

1. Synopsis
2. Company information
2.1 Company overview
2.2 Global and Oceania operations
2.3 TelstraClear purchased by Vodafone
3. Company analysis
3.1 The price of success
3.2 Mobile separation
4. The networks
4.1 2G network
4.2 3G network
4.2.1 Overview
4.2.2 Upgrades to HSPA+ capability
4.3 4G network
4.4 Rural wireless broadband
4.5 The Red Network fixed-line and naked broadband ULL
4.6 International networks
4.6.1 Vocus Communications partnership
5. Products and services
5.1 Retail
5.2 Business
5.3 The company and the UFB/RBI
5.3.1 Overview
6. Wholesale, roaming and partnerships
6.1 Overview
6.2 TelstraClear
6.3 M2, Compass and Orcon
6.4 2degrees
6.5 Digital Mobile
6.6 First Mobile
6.7 Partnership with Kordia
6.8 Partnership with NZ Post
7. Financial results
7.1 Year ending FY 2014
7.2 Year ending FY 2013
7.3 Year ending FY 2012
7.4 Year ending FY 2011
7.5 Year ending FY 2010
7.6 Financial statistics
8. Operating results
8.1 Subscriber statistics
9. Company history
9.1 Brief timeline 1992 - 2014
10. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Vodafone NZ revenue and annual change 1996 - 2004
Table 2 Vodafone NZ revenue and annual change 2005 - 2014
Table 3 Vodafone NZ annual profit and annual change 2003 - 2013
Table 4 Vodafone NZ average monthly ARPU pre/postpaid and total 2003 - 2013
Table 5 Historic - Vodafone subscriber statistics 1998 - 2004
Table 6 Vodafone subscriber statistics 1998 - 2014
Table 7 Vodafone prepaid versus postpaid subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 8 Vodafone fixed-line broadband subscribers 2011 - 2014
Chart 1 Overview of Vodafone NZ revenue and annual change 2005 - 2013
Chart 2 Overview of Vodafone NZ subscribers and annual change 2005 - 2014
Chart 3 Overview of Vodafone NZ prepaid versus postpaid subscribers 2006 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Vodafone New Zealand Ltd at a glance
Exhibit 2 Pacific Fibre, the second submarine cable fails to materialize
Exhibit 3 Background on Vodafone UFB / RBI

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