At 05:30 p.m. 27/12/2003 +1300, Steve Withers wrote:
On Sat, 2003-12-27 at 10:00, Richard Naylor wrote:
Personally I agree with him. NZ has had the
*best* deregulated environment
for the past 12 years and has largely squandered that advantage.
It was never going to work - which was obvious from the outset. :-)
So deregulation failed to deliver what was promised for it.
It failed because people failed to understand it. They still wait for
someone else to do it for them and complain about what Telecom do or don't
do. Why not do it yourself. There were absolutely no barriers to doing just
that, just laziness and ignorance.
TUANZ just bleated on about number portability and interconnect and failed
to see what else was on offer. They've finally woken up to broadband -
about 6 years too late.
Is that really news to anyone? The same thing has
everywhere there was a dominant player effectively controlling the
I would disagree Steve. The dominant player is also bogged down with
entrenched thinking and a huge investment in equipment thats past its use
by date. Hence the earlier debate about architecture et al. So you just
compete by being massively better. Its not hard when cheap gig switches are
There was - in real terms - no opportunity to be
cost/price curves never met for competitors - because Telecom was gifted
an infrastructure that cost far more to build than what they paid for
The competitors tried playing on the same playing field. At a time when
technology is rampantly changing, the trick is to make your own playing
field using the new stuff.