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Kordia Not Surprised By Early DSO

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Kordia Not Surprised By Early DSO

State-owned telecommunications and media company Kordia is not surprised by the early switch-over to digital television announced by the Government in a statement at 1PM today.

Kordia's General Manager of Strategic Development Susie Stone says that Kordia has been preparing for the switch-off of analogue television since 2006, and is well-positioned to leverage its considerable network capability in both the digital broadcast and telecommunications space.

"Kordia has been diversifying its business both here and in Australia for a number of years, and the date for digital switch-over announced today was in line with our planning scenarios. We are well prepared," says Stone.

"Digital switch-over is the biggest change to New Zealand television since the introduction of colour in 1973," she says. "With the Government's announcement today, New Zealanders will simply need to make the transition to digital sooner rather than later."

"We built the digital terrestrial television (DTT) network in 2007, and have the head lease on the satellite transponder, so we've been preparing New Zealand for digital television for a number of years. The transition to digital will provide economic benefits to the whole country as analogue spectrum is reallocated for other services, including 4G telecommunications. We welcome the new era of digital," she says.

This shift in technology will put New Zealand on a par with other OECD countries, with the United Kingdom switching over to digital by 2012, and Australia by 2013.

More than 70 per cent of New Zealand households are already receiving digital television either through Freeview, SKY or TelstraClear.

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