I personally thought Saturn (now TelstraSaturn) had the right idea, pity
they targetted the wrong audience in the first instance. They targetted
the richie rich areas and put their cables overhead (and then had to put
their cables underground), the customer takeup wasn't that great, if
they targetted the sub-socieconomic areas first, then they would have
been fine as the customer take up would have been desireable and
needless to say, the overhead cables is a standard feature in the
getto. If you guys are not convinced, go for a drive down poets corner,
murder triange, etc (or Otara if you're in Auckland) and then drive
through Harrowfield, etc and tell me the difference with the density of
the Sky Digital Dishes.
You're right. In fact I saw a sky dish attached to a run down old
wooden house (really a shack) not much larger than a set of public
toilets south of Waiuru on a trip to Welly once. Made me laugh.
The fact is that if a provider used the local loop,
Telecom is still in
the picture charging the market entrants the Rack Unit telehousing and a
lease for the twisted pair between the local exchange and the customers
demarcation point. Also, who is providing the link between the provider
and the local exchange ?
Well Telstra has a national fibre trunk so there can be some competition
between Telecom and them at the wholesale trunk access end.