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Friday, July 25, 2003


New Zealand government selects broadband providers for 3 more regions

New Zealand government selects broadband providers for 3 more regions

"The Government has given the Telecom-BCL consortium a consolation prize for missing out on the first three regional broadband tenders, giving it the Probe contracts for Waikato, Taranaki and Wellington. "

Telecom is the incumbent telephone company and has been widely criticized for slowness in bringing broadband to New Zealand, leading the government to develop the Project Probe initiative to bring widespread broadband access to the country on a region-by-region basis. Telecom then got interested and partnered with BCL only to lose (and bitterly protest) the first several Probe awards.

The New Zealand Herald article also includes a good overview of Project Probe overall.

Another good article appears on the site.


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