Global leader: Maxine Elliot, general manager
Core Activity: Broadband fibre-optic network owner and operator
Revenue: Not disclosed (part of Vector Group)
Key customers: Vodafone, Watercare Services, Metlifecare, Broadcast Inc, Kristin school, Hurlstone Earthmoving, Phosphor Essence, Maxnet
Vector Communication is part of the Vector Group — an infrastructure organisation best known as a distributor of electricity, with more than 265,000 individual customers and 38,000 business customers.
Vector Communications, founded in 2001 and formerly known as Tangent, owns and operates metropolitan fibre-optic networks in Auckland and Wellington. The company is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
Using government funding under the ‘Broadband Challenge’— part of the New Zealand government’s Digital Strategy — Vector Communications, in partnership with North Shore City Council, has built an Urban Fibre Network across North Shore City, part of the Auckland region. The network now totals 640 kilometres and passes around 10,000 businesses.
Work has also begun on a further 300-kilometre extension to the Auckland network. The extended network will connect 41 of Telecom New Zealand’s exchanges across the Auckland region, giving telecommunication service providers in the region high-capacity backhaul for the services they base on Telecom’s unbundled copper local loop offerings. Vodafone was signed on as a flagship customer to this new network. Under the terms of the agreement, Vodafone will use part of Vector Communications’ fibre optic network as backhaul to enhance its mobile phone and broadband services.
A link has been completed between North Shore City and Auckland city via West Auckland. This 25-kilometre cable, along with the existing cable over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, means Vector Communications can provide its customers with diversity in access to the Southern Cross international cable.
Through its VectorFibre network offering, Vector Communications supports a variety of channel partners, including telcos/ISPs Orcon, Iconz and CallPlus and computer services company Datacom by supplying broadband services to their end-users. It also works directly with corporate customers for their broadband access needs. Stephen Bell
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