Spark New Zealand (OTCPK:SPKKY +2%, OTCPK:NZTCF +1.3%) is using a strategic partnership with Nokia (NOK -0.2%) to revamp its core infrastructure ahead of anticipated growth tied to adoption of 5G technology and the Internet of Things.
It's a "step change" in the core and backhaul network, they say, and Spark says it's committed to keeping New Zealand among the forefront of 5G countries.
Nokia's IP/MPLS solutions are behind hundreds of networks worldwide, including Spark's broadband over wireless service.
The deal, set for three years, will exploit Nokia's 7250 Interconnect Router R6 (which features terabit capacity and high-port density and a wide range of interconnectivity options).
In the first arrangement of its kind, New Zealand's Spark (OTCPK:SPKKY) has signed an "exclusive partnership" with Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), which will give its customers a free Netflix subscription if they sign up to a two year broadband plan.
It's the first time video streaming giant has been bundled with broadband in the country and comes days after the Commerce Commission ruled against Sky Television's merger with Vodafone New Zealand.
Telecom Spark New Zealand (OTCPK:NZTCY) is up 12.2% after raising its annual dividend to $0.22, as well as a special dividend of $0.03, as underlying earnings rose amid a reconfiguration to focus on data/mobile service.
Net profit for the 12 months ended June 30 fell to $375M from $460M, a year-ago result affected by one-time gains from selling its AAPT unit. On an adjusted basis, earnings were up 19%.
EBITDA for the year rose 2.8% to $962M, though revenue fell 2.9% to $3.53B.
Mobile connections were up by 172K. "We have closed the connection number gap on our largest competitor, Vodafone, to just over 150,000, having been around 600,000 behind them just three years ago," said CEO Simon Moutter.
The company's guided to EBITDA increases of 0%-3% for fiscal 2016.
Telecom New Zealand (NZTCY +1.3%) will sell business telecommunications and cloud services provider AAPT for AU$450M ($409M) to TPG. Closing is expected in Feb., with Australian regulators having cleared the deal.
After having sold the consumer division of AAPT in 2010 for AU$60M, the price the telco is getting is a far cry from the AU$2.2B it paid for AAPT at the peak of the dot com bubble in 1999.
The ops' revenue has consistently declined, as has operational performance, with AAPT generating EBITDA of $57M this year, down $10M from the previous year.
To TPG, the 11K km of fibre the unit owns across six states and territories "will provide ... a much larger backhaul network across Australia, as the company begins to embark on a fibre-to-the-basement rollout for 500,000 CBD businesses and apartments covered by TPG's existing network," ZDNet writes.
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