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From New Zealand, there’s news of a major new cable project getting underway. Pacific Fibre, has announced an alliance with Australia’s Pacnet to build a $US400 million undersea cable between Australia, New Zealand and the US. The project might just be an opportunity for those Island nations who do not sign onto the SPIN cable project to land a submarine cable.

Meanwhile, in Fiji there are unconfirmed whispers that Telecom Fiji Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding with SPIN Cable to land the submarine cable in Fiji. I will attempt to get confirmation of this news from the CEO of SPIN.

This is promising news. Competition to the Southern Cross Cable Network is much needed. However, without a muscular regulatory framework, consumers are unlikely to see much by way of cheaper and more innovative services.

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On August 2nd, ISP Connect revealed their new service offerings and pricing. New pricing was to reflect the more than 60% reduction in wholesale pricing put forward by the June 4th Commerce Commission ruling. Needless to say, the promises from ISPs to pass on savings to consumers will not materialize.

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Mar 08

Euro Regulator: New entrants are the dynamic market force https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/more-on-improving-broadband-internet-access/

Feb 09

Toolkit for South Pacific Regulators:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/02/25/189/

Mar 09

Evolution of Wireless standards (WiMAX vs. LTE) and implications for next gen broadband:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/next-generation-wireless-networks-for-mobile-and-broadband-internet/

Highlighting the M-PESA example from Kenya, I talk about how Voda’s product offerings still reflect the attitudes of a monopoly operator:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/mobile-banking-service-in-kenya/

Surge in VoIP traffic in Pacific and planning future network usage:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/voip-traffic-increase-and-planning-for-future-demand/

High-speed experimental wireless networks push performance boundaries  to assist underserved communities:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/23/wireless-reach-underserved-communities/

One-size-fits-all regulatory approaches can be counterproductive in small countries:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/tailoring-liberalization-to-fit-the-pacific-islands/

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