Telstra returning to NZ via reseller agreement

26 Oct 2018

Australia's Telstra is returning to the nearby New Zealand market via a reseller agreement with Vodafone New Zealand.

Under the agreement, Vodafone NZ will initially offer Telstra's Open Managed Security Services (MSS) platform to New Zealand corporate and government customers. MSS provides 24/7 detection and notification of security incidents for security teams.

The two companies are also exploring similar reseller arrangements in the managed services, cloud and digital services sectors.

Telstra group executive for enterprise Michael Ebeid said the operators' return to the New Zealand market is focused on supplying differentiated technology and network solutions to New Zealand and trans-Tasman (Australia-NZ) enterprises.

“We are very excited to be able to expand our presence in New Zealand and announce our security services reseller arrangement with Vodafone New Zealand... Customers are already talking with us about how we can not only help them improve their operations in New Zealand but also reach global markets via our global capabilities,” he said.

Telstra formerly operated TelstraClear, New Zealand's third largest telecoms operator with voice, internet, digital TV and mobile services.

But TelstraClear was acquired by Vodafone NZ in 2012 for NZ$840 million ($547.7 million) in 2012, and the company ceased operations in early 2013, marking Telstra's effective exit from the New Zealand market until now.

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