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Telecommunications

The New Zealand telecommunications industry is undergoing fundamental change. Growth is driven by increasing demand for local, backbone, and international broadband capacity.

Initiatives such as the New Zealand government ultra-fast broadband project and the development of new international fibre optic systems will have a major impact on the industry and its regulatory environment affecting both suppliers and customers.

Simpson Grierson is heavily involved in these changes. We have a hands-on knowledge of the challenges facing clients in the telecommunications sector. Our expertise includes network establishment, capacity leasing (including indefeasible right of use agreements (IRUs)), interconnection, managed services contracts, joint ventures, corporate transactions and regulatory advice.

We act for telecommunications network providers, equipment suppliers, resellers, distributors, service providers, and major users.

Examples of our work

  • Kordia New Zealand - numerous projects including the acquisition and subsequent sale of Orcon (New Zealand's fourth largest internet service provider), issues around the trans-Tasman fibre optic cable project and regulatory issues
  • Vocus Communications - takeover offer, by ASX-listed Vocus, to acquire FX Networks for approximately $115.8 million
  • Local Fibre Companies (Enable Networks, UltraFast Fibre and Northpower Fibre) - all aspects of the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband including their wholesale services agreements with retailers, compliance with their agreements with Crown Fibre Holdings, undertakings given by the LFCs in favour of the Commerce Commission and issues arising out of their build programmes
  • SmartCo - a joint venture between eight electricity lines companies to procure and deploy electricity “smart meters” which record and relay consumption information back to SmartCo via wireless telecommunications
  • Revera - disposal of IT infrastructure and data business to Telecom for $96.5 million
  • Fiji National Provident Fund - F$160 million acquisition by Fiji National Provident Fund of 49% of Vodafone Fiji
  • Ministry of Economic Development (now MBIE) - structure of Crown Fibre Holdings and Invitation to Participate for the government's $1.5 billion Ultra-Fast Broadband Project
  • Inland Revenue - numerous projects over many years, recently including telecommunications outsourcing arrangements
  • Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) - numerous projects over many years, including telecommunications outsourcing arrangements
  • Mighty River Power - telecommunications network procurement and implementation