It was uncomfortable watching a peer like Mark Rushworth having to defend the impossible on Campbell Live. He was earning his money tonight and did a pretty good job. Rite of passage that stuff.
Comparing data pricing to what I saw in the UK last week, one of the big contributors to sky high data prices must be international broadband prices.
For the iPhone is the breakthrough mobile device it should be then I think data pricing needs to be at the Sky subscription level. Say $75 per month. UK mobile data was about that for 5GB.
Say that $150 of the $250 monthly cost is international traffic then $100m of investment in more international capacity, at a 10% cost of capital, could be covered by as few as 5500 customers.
It just reinforces the business case for driving international connections to a cost plus model. An unconstrained digital lifestyle and the small business transformation that is possible with abundant connectivity is just not possible in New Zealand by the current market. Not great for brand NZ