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New MVNO for New Zealand

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New Zealand telco, Digital Island says that it has signed a MVNO deal with Telecom New Zealand to add mobile phone services to its portfolio. The firm will carry out a two month pilot with existing customers beginning in April, followed by a full commercial service from July.

"Digital Island's ability to offer mobile as part of our business product range is crucial," General Manager Blair Stewart said. "With the addition of mobile, Digital Island now offers a complete suite of telecommunications services for its target market of medium-sized New Zealand businesses. 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."

Telecom Wholesale CEO Matt Crockett 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".

"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," Blair Stewart said.

"Digital Island has a great reputation among its customers as a company with whom it is easy to do business. Our simplified and transparent price plans will address some of the confusion people often say is rife in the mobile space. This also includes a focus on reducing cost for our customers. As with our existing voice and data services, we would expect businesses moving to our mobile services to reduce their costs by around 20%," Mr Stewart said.

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