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Sky’s Coming Back For Telecom Customers


Telecom will soon be launching new Telecom and SKY packages for its customers after the two companies signed major five-year resale and retransmission agreements today.

“The deal opens up some really exciting possibilities for Telecom customers in the future,” said Chief Operating Officer New Zealand Simon Moutter.

“Providing our customers with new Telecom and SKY packages is just the start. The agreements are key to Telecom’s vision of offering customers the advantage of different communications, entertainment and information services in ways that suit their needs.

“While a date for commercial launch of retransmission services has not been set yet, the possibilities we’ll look at in the future include development of pay-per-view, video on demand and interactive television applications using SKY content and Telecom’s networks.”

Mr Moutter said Telecom is aiming to introduce new SKY and telephone packages under the resale agreement shortly.

“That will start to make the benefits of the deal tangible to customers.

“About 30 percent of Telecom customers now subscribe to packages of various services. When we last offered packages bundling up Telecom services with SKY, they were extremely popular and over 40,000 customers signed up.

“Before long, we’ll be able to offer customers an expanded range of packages. We’re also working towards giving customers the convenience of one account by including billing for all their SKY services in their Telecom account,” Mr Moutter said.

Telecom customers currently on SKY packages will have the option of upgrading to the new packages when they become available. Those customers who have registered with Telecom to receive information about SKY packages will be contacted by us as soon as the new packages are launched.

SKY Television Chief Executive John Fellet said it was great to be working with Telecom to develop new entertainment and information services for New Zealanders.

“The relationship with Telecom fits well with SKY’s philosophy of packaging SKY services with other complementary services, and providing New Zealanders with the opportunity to watch SKY channels and programmes on a variety of different platforms.

“The convergence of telephony and television services is happening all around the world. We’re excited by the opportunity to bring SKY services to Telecom customers in new and exciting ways.”


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