From: kevin lyda (kevin at domain suberic.net)
Date: Wed 29 Aug 2001 - 12:51:59 IST
this is awesome stuff. i'm just wondering a few things. first, what's
the state of new zealand's tech economy? is it growing - could it be
perceived as a threat to ireland's? along those lines, how easy is it
for tech professionals to emmigrate to new zealand? depending on the
answers, perhaps we could strike fear in the ida...
how profitable are nz telcos? are they on the stock market - can we
compare them to eircom/esat/bt/vodaphone?
On Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 11:05:27PM +0000, Vincent Cunniffe wrote:
> New Zealand is extremely similar to Ireland, with a population of 3.8
> million, a heavily agricultural background, and with a population
> scattered amongst a few major cities and a scattering of towns.
this is important. this is why comparissons to the uk, the rest of
europe or the usa won't really work.
> Their National Telecoms operator was originally State-owned, and was
> privatised in 1990. This took place with a number of restrictions
> which the new owners/shareholders were obliged by the Government to
> follow, and which are explained below.
you mean they didn't get something for nothing? shock. however is it
too late to do this here?
> Interestingly enough, an 8-hour Internet connection in Dublin would
> cost an Irish internet user 8*20*12p = almost £20 peak, or £4.80
> The same call, to a Dublin POP number for internet access, would cost
> an Auckland user just £3.20, for 8 hours of Internet access, dialling
> from Auckland across the world to a Dublin Eircom number.
ha! this is amazing. *please* tell me someone will hilite this.
i'd love to hear the reaction. "um..." is there any chance that you've
done this? do you have a bill you could scan in? printing this up and
distributing it (preferably to a few members of the press) would rock.
> ADSL Services :
*whimper* are adsl services available nationwide or just in the cities?
> (full details in http://www.teleinquiry.govt.nz/reports/issues/issues-02.html#P115_22457)
again, get printouts to distribute to the meeting.
> 2 (To the Government)
> Why was nothing ever set in stone with Eircom with regard to the
> services which they would owe the people of Ireland, whose taxes built
> and maintained the copper network which is now being held hostage
> by a company which clearly shows no intention of using it for their
> general benefit?
while it would be a nice dig, perhaps it might be better to ask if it
could be done now and ask the telco's if they would support such an act.
depending on nz telco performance (business-wise) it might be good to
hilite that aspect of them.
> I would be very grateful if anyone could post a summary of the meeting
> on ILUG afterwards, preferably with casualty descriptions ;-)
me too. in addition, if anyone who plans to attend needs any financial
help in terms of printouts, etc, please send me an email off list.
personally i'd vote for thomas bridge thundering this info at them... :)
also, it might be an idea to submit some of this stuff as a letter to
the editor in the times/independent/etc.
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