Informa Analyst comments on Vodafone's acquisition of Telstra Clear in NZ
New Zealand mobile market leader Vodafone's NZ$840 million acquisition of local fixed-line player Telstra Clear is another clear demonstration of the importance that the UK-based operator is now placing on gaining access to fixed-broadband networks wherever it is possible to do so in order to offer a fixed and mobile full-service offering to subscribers.
The acquisition of Telstra Clear follows a line of similar moves by Vodafone in other countries and - if approved by the New Zealand Commerce Commission - will make Vodafone an even tougher opponent for fixed-line market giant Telecom New Zealand.
Importantly, the acquisition of Telstra Clear will also give Vodafone an important leg-up in the country's lucrative enterprise segment which is currently dominated by Telecom New Zealand with Vodafone left largely on the sidelines.
In the broader New Zealand market, an approval of the deal by the NZCC would make life tougher for stand-alone mobile player Two Degrees which would be up against two full-service operators both with huge financial backing.
For Australian giant Telstra, the deal represents an exit from the New Zealand market in which it has failed to make the impression it had hoped to, largely because of its inability to gain access to the mobile infrastructure market.
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