Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Chorus GM in charge of UFB, RBI rollout resigns

Chorus GM in charge of UFB, RBI rollout resigns

Feb. 7 (BusinessDesk) - Chorus' executive in charge of building its tax-payer funded broadband programmes will leave the telecommunications network operator at the end April.

General manager of network build Chris Dhyrberg decided to resign from Chorus over Christmas, and will stay on for another three months, the company said in a statement. Dhyrberg has been responsible for the roll-out of the ultra-fast broadband fibre network and the company's joint venture with Vodafone New Zealand to deliver the rural broadband initiative.

"I accepted Chris resignation with much regret. He's been with Chorus since our inception and has been heavily involved in all aspects of the RBI and UFB programmes," chief executive Mark Ratcliffe said. "He's worked incredibly hard over an extended period, and all of us at Chorus owe him a vote of thanks for that."

Dhyrberg's resignation comes as Chorus digs in over the Commerce Commission's draft ruling on how the network operator prices its copper lines, which Chorus will deter consumers take-up of fibre and stymie investment.

Responsibility for the UFB and RBI builds will go to GM of infrastructure operations Ed Beattie, the company said.

Chorus was spun-out from Telecom as a separately-listed company last year to free up the telecommunications company from its regulatory burden and allow the network operator to successfully win a billion dollar subsidy to build a nationwide fibre network and rural broadband system.

Some 80 percent of the network company’s revenue is still derived from the ageing copper network, and is subject to the Commerce Commission’s pricing review.

Chorus' shares fell 0.7 percent to $2.86 on Tuesday, and have shed 2.7 percent this year.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news