I'm meeting with quite a few people at the moment and the topic of TUANZ's raison'd'etre often comes up. There is a view that we've fought the fights that needed to be fought, but now the market will take care of things and we should just retire gracefully basking in the glow of a job well done.
The thing is that our voice is needed now more than ever, and our user perspective is very different from the carrier view or that of the officials and regulators. Our strength comes from our voice being listened to.
So I'm pretty pleased to learn from NBR (sadly behind the paywall) that my late night musings on things gigabit has helped to produce a result:
Chorus: gigabit soon across our entire network
NBR put the Dunedin South MP's criticism to Chorus.
Spokesman Ian Bonnar replied, "We already offer Gigabit business products, and we have long had residential Gigabit services on our product roadmap.
"Since last year we have been working with our retail service provider (RSP) customers to understand how and when we can best launch residential Gigabit products and we expect to do so soon, across our entire fibre network."
So if gigabit fibre is coming to all Chorus' UFB areas (essentially, the whole country besides UFF's eight towns, and Whangarei and Christchurch), and its own fibre elsewhere, why should we care who wins Gigatown?
Thats awesome, I'm glad that gigabit is on the Chorus roadmap and its safe to assume market pressures will keep the wholesale pricing sharp.
The challenge now is to the RSP's, we need you guys to figure out how to create gigabit services (I've been talking to some folk with a few ideas in this space). We're not expecting to buy gigabit products in July but now we can put them on our roadmaps.
Next week I'll be looking at 'the state of the stack' and what we can expect from UFB products, if you read the comments in the NBR article you'll also see several commenters who are stuck in the blind spot between the UFB and the RBI (the 3 speed internet we were concerned about as the UFB was being negotiated).
Its hard to put an immediate value on our advocacy but if you are a member thank you your continuing support lets us function, if your not a member but think this is a useful role the membership details are on this site.