European Competitive Telecommunications Association

December 13, 2006 - Telecom New Zealand has partnered with Yahoo!7 to form a joint venture, which will be called Yahoo! Xtra, and will provide an enhanced suite of online content and application services for New Zealanders.

Telecom Chief Executive Theresa Gattung said that Yahoo! is recognised as a global leader in online services and Xtra is the online market leader in New Zealand. 
The Yahoo! Xtra joint venture will provide New Zealanders with access to the world's best online services in a localised way, Ms Gattung said.

Not only does Yahoo! provide global reach in the online arena, it also has a proven track record of partnering with other leading telecommunications companies including BT in the United Kingdom, Rogers in Canada and Verizon in the USA, she said.

Telecom will have a 49% equity stake in the joint venture with Yahoo!7, which is a joint venture between Yahoo! Inc and the Seven Network in Australia, holding 51%.

All online New Zealanders will be able to benefit from the enhanced range of news, sport, weather, and messaging services available from Yahoo! Xtra, said Kevin Kenrick, Chief Operating Officer of Telecom's consumer business.

In addition, Telecom's Xtra customers will have access to a range of premium online services with mail, enhanced spam and virus protection management, online photo sharing, localised news and internet radio properties progressively becoming available after the initial launch, added Kenrick.

Yahoo! Xtra will contact Xtra customers early in the New Year to provide details about the transition to these exciting new services and a team is already working to ensure the upgrade will be as seamless as possible. Xtra customers will not need to change their email address or face increased subscription costs as part of this service upgrade.

The Yahoo! Xtra joint venture will replace the existing XtraMSN site in the portal space with the initial raft of Yahoo! Xtra services due to go live around 1 March 2007.

Yahoo!7 Chief Executive, Ian Smith said Yahoo! Xtra will also provide a powerful online advertising portal, offering customers and advertisers a quality experience.

This is a broad-based partnership that will bring significant change in the New Zealand online landscape, said Smith. Yahoo!7 and our shareholders, Yahoo! Inc and Seven, are delighted to partner with the number one telco and broadband provider in New Zealand. We believe the partnership is the best approach to success in that market place and will provide NZ Internet users with a better online experience through a variety of rich media platforms, he concluded.

When the joint venture company is formed Yahoo!7 and Telecom New Zealand will each have three board members, with Yahoo!7 appointing the Chairman.

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