In recent years New Zealand has become the place where technology companies go to test products, and hone business models prior to releasing them on a world stage.
After my comments on the likelyhood of Vodafone buying up more fixed line capability, one of my colleagues passed me this news report on Vodafone's LLU 'Red' Network in New Zealand.
Vodafone Red has unbundled half the exchanges in NZ's major cities and is busy working it's new triple-play across the country. Russell Stanners CEO of Vodafone NZ said " Vodafone is a national operator in mobile and we'll take that philosophy to the fixed line world as well,"
NZ's a small country so costs are manageable, but if Vodafone were planning such a move in the UK, they should look at THUS Plc. THUS already has the country wide LLU network in place and their Demon Internet subsidiary has many years of experience in providing consumer broadband and telephony.