2degrees mulls satellite broadband offering for 2023

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2degrees mulls satellite broadband offering for 2023

Telco 2degrees, which this year merged with Vocus, is considering a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite broadband service option for New Zealand.

Mark Callander, chief executive of 2degrees, told CRN NZ that the telco believes 2023 will be a big year for LEOs.

"As a business are actively talking to a number of providers and anticipate launching a LEO-based product within the next year," Callander said.

The talks are still in early stages and Callander would not say which providers 2degrees is talking to.

"We need to determine how we add value, be clear on the use cases, and keep customer experience top of mind," Callander said.

2degrees is looking at providing connectivity for customers in remote areas through LEOs.

Network infrastructure builder Chorus published a report it had commissioned by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research last month, which estimated around 835,000 people and over 140,000 businesses are in rural and remote areas.

Callander said business is also an interesting area, and how to use LEO services for redundancy when connectivity is critical.

Prior to the 2degrees merger, Vocus was chosen by SpaceX to build the ground stations for Starlink in New Zealand.

Last month, Vocus Australia said it had signed up to resell the business version of the SpaceX Starlink service.

Vocus said the Satellite - Starlink service will target enterprise and government customers and supplement its existing geostationary NBN Co SkyMuster offering.

Starlink competitor OneWeb signed a distribution deal with Vocus last year, covering Oceania, again with a focus on enterprise customers.


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