Thursday, 26 March 2009

Digital Island signs with Telecom NZ – New Zealand

Digital Island, a New Zealand-based telecommunications company, has signed an agreement with Telecom New Zealand for the launch of its MVNO offering in New Zealand. Starting April, Digital Island will carry out a two month trial with their existing customers. Thereafter, Digital will roll-out the complete commercial service from July.

Commenting on the development, Blair Stewart, General Manager of Digital Island, said: “A key reason behind our decision to partner with Telecom is our strong existing relationship along with their proven ability to deliver wholesale products to the NZ market.” He further added, “Digital Island’s mobile services will be sold, serviced and billed directly by Digital Island. The initial product will be on Telecom’s CDMA network with a commitment to migrate onto Telecom’s W-CDMA network within an appropriate timeframe. We will use our own number range, but with number portability can accommodate customers wishing to move from other networks. The handset range will include models from Samsung, Sanyo, Nokia and Blackberry.”

Present on the occasion, Matt Crockett, Chief Executive Officer of Telecom NZ Wholesale, said: “New commercial products like MVNO are important additions to the Wholesale product portfolio as they allow our customers, like Digital Island, to develop their own whole of business propositions. We have been discussing mobile with Digital Island for some time now, and I am delighted to be partnering with them for the pilot and test phase of the project”.