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Chorus
Copper cabinet phase out to start for Chorus mid-March
March 2022
Copper cabinets are soon to be a thing of the past for many Kiwis, with Chorus announcing it will switch off its first copper cabinets in mid-March.
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Copper Network
Vodafone's copper landline network to be axed next year
October 2021
10,000 customers are still using its copper phone network, but they will need to move to voice over fibre, wireless, UltraFast HFC, or copper broadband (VoIP).
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Chorus
Commerce Commission finalises consumer protections for withdrawal of copper phone and broadband services
December 2020
The code sets out the requirements Chorus must meet before it can stop providing wholesale copper phone and broadband services, including ADSL and VDSL. 
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Copper Network
Spark announces next phase of landline voice calling upgrade, ends voice-over-copper services
July 2020
"We are giving notice that we will no longer be selling PSTN services in Devonport and Miramar from mid-August."
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Chorus
ComCom seeks feedback on Chorus withdrawal from copper and broadband services
May 2020
“By 2022, most New Zealanders are expected to have access to fibre at home. That means large parts of the traditional copper phone and broadband network may no longer be needed."
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Commerce Commission
Fixed broadband prices most expensive in New Zealand, as fibre overtakes copper
March 2020
"The OECD average price has dropped since last year, New Zealand is now more expensive than the international average.”  
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Cloud
Chorus CEO to resign after successful company transformation
August 2019
Chorus has announced today that CEO and managing director Kate McKenzie will pack her bags and head to Australia at end of 2019, after three years in a CEO role.
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Commerce Commission
ComCom says its time to deregulate copper voice services
July 2019
The Commerce Commission has cited the range of alternative voice offerings and shrinking consumer numbers as reasons to let Spark take the reigns.
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Network Infrastructure
NBN promises faster copper speeds with G.fast
October 2017
The company says the G.fast technology infrastructure will enable faster speeds for FTTC or FTTB setups.
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Internet
New telco laws for advanced Internet: Goodie bag or mixed bag?
June 2017
The government has announced a reform of the telco act that will affect Internet around the country - but is it good news for consumers?
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Fibre
Spark partners with Enable for 'street in a week' in Christchurch
February 2017
Trials are taking place in parts of Avonhead, Riccarton, Burnside, Russley and Sockburn this week.
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Microsoft
Intel debuts silicon photonics – the next BIG thing in data centers
August 2016
“Electrons running over network cables won’t cut it. Intel has been working on silicon photonics over 16 years. We are the first to light up silicon.”
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CFO
Chorus says regulator understates network pricing costs such as trenching
August 2015
Chorus has made a further submission to the Commerce Commission ahead of the final determination on pricing of its copper network.
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Commerce Commission
No dial tone: ComCom holds firm on proposed copper pricing
July 2015
The Commerce Commission offers up slightly reduced proposed wholesale charges to access the Chorus line - and proposes removing backdating.
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Chorus
Spark to ComCom - why are Kiwis paying more for internet?
July 2015
"The Commission should explain why it is in NZ’s best interests for consumers and businesses here to pay more for their broadband line charges."
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Chorus
Are Vodafone and Spark using ComCom copper prices as an excuse to charge more?
January 2015
"There occurs the slightest hint of a wholesale price rise and the providers are sending out letters to their customers telling them they have to pay more."
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Chorus
Comcom announces view on backdating copper charges, frustrates Chorus
December 2014
The Commerce Commission has published emerging view on backdating prices for Chorus’ copper lines and broadband service
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Chorus
Commerce Commission releases draft Chorus FPP prices
December 2014
The Commission is seeking views from submitters to see if they think the final UCLL price should be backdated, and if so, what would be an appropriate date for this.
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Amy Adams
Is taxpayer cash being used to plug Chorus' copper hole?
July 2014
"Chorus has had three years warning of the inevitable fall in copper prices."
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Chorus
Commission consults on approach to copper cost modelling
July 2014
"We have been working closely with our external advisors to formulate a set of proposals on building cost models for the telecommunication services we are pricing."
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Government
Labour praises "sensible" final copper pricing delay...
May 2014
"Politicians might not always agree with the Commission’s decisions, but we should trust the regulator to get on with it."
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Chorus
Boost for NZ broadband as Chorus invests mega-bucks in Alcatel-Lucent
May 2014
Chorus has today announced a new set of broadband products designed to deliver more choices for the telecommunications industry and a clear path to fibre.
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Cloud
Chorus braces for $10m earnings hit…
April 2014
Chorus expects 2014 earnings to take a $9 - $10 million hit following the Commerce Commission’s decision to raise the price of another component on the company’s copper lines.
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Government
Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court Chorus slap
April 2014
"John Key, Amy Adams and Steven Joyce have all contributed to one of the major botch-ups of the National Government..."