|Founded||New Zealand, 2003 as THL; |
New Zealand, 2006 as Kordia
|Scott Bartlett, CEO (died 2020)|
Kordia is a New Zealand government-owned broadcast and telecommunications company, operating in Australia and New Zealand. It provides national communications services for broadcast and telecommunications customers in New Zealand, as well as specialised network systems. New Zealand customers include: Vodafone New Zealand, 2degrees, Sky Television, TVNZ, Mediaworks, Radio New Zealand, Spark New Zealand, Freeview, and The Radio Network. In Australia, Kordia provides contracting and consulting services for major telecommunications players, including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Hutchison.
The New Zealand Kordia network is based primarily on digital microwave technology. The company also has access to a number of fibre networks running between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Part of Kordia's 60 year heritage is the nationwide network of transmission towers that was built by the company in its various iterations, including: NZBC, Television New Zealand, BCL and now Kordia. In 2007, Kordia upgraded its high sites to build the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform, which now hosts Freeview (Free-to-air digital television in New Zealand).
As well as use of licensed point-to-point microwave network links, Kordia also owns a variety of radio spectrum usage rights, including frequencies suitable for television and radio broadcast. Kordia also owns and operates a point-to-multipoint CDMA-based network for wireless broadband and WiMax technologies.
In November 2006, the business (THL Group, BCL - formerly known as Broadcast Communications Limited, THLA, AAPCS) was rebranded to Kordia. The name “Kordia” is derived from the Latin word “accordia”, meaning “harmony”. The New Zealand business was formed as a subsidiary of Television New Zealand Ltd (TVNZ) on 1 July 1989 (as BCL)  and was sold off as a separate entity in 2003.
Kordia operates the digital television platforms in New Zealand – digital terrestrial television (DTT) and direct-to-home (DTH-satellite), including:
Discovery New Zealand
Other Nationwide Stations
Kordia's nearly 400 high sites are available for co-location. This allows the introduction of other network operators' equipment into these strategic sites. Analogue television was switched off in 2013 as part of the move to digital TV broadcasting.
Kordia competes and co-operates with other operators of physical (layer 1) telecommunication network providers such as Spark New Zealand, Vodafone New Zealand and Transpower New Zealand Limited (the national grid operator). Kordia has trialled DVB in New Zealand and DAB in New Zealand and Australia.
Kordia owns and operates New Zealand’s third largest telecommunications network – by geographical reach.
In early 2007, Kordia announced that it had signed a distribution agreement with RoamAD for the distribution of RoamAD metro Wi-Fi networks throughout New Zealand.
Kordia acquired Orcon Internet on 2 July 2007, and sold it in April 2013.
On 7 September 2007, Kordia launched Kordia Metro WiFi, an unbundled open access network of metro Wi-Fi hotzones.
In 2011, Kordia announced that it is the first company in New Zealand to achieve the Microsoft SIP Trunking qualification for Microsoft Lync.
In 2012, Kordia has launched a new data transit service from New Zealand to Asia, allowing Kiwi businesses to access the lowest latency route to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloudbased productivity tools.
|Grampians||Nelson and eastern Tasman|
|Hedgehope||Invercargill and Southland|
|Hikurangi||Bay of Islands|
|Horokaka||Whangarei and central Northland|
|Little Mount Ida||Northern Otago|
|Maungataniwha||Far North District|
|Mount Cargill||Dunedin and eastern Otago|
|Mount Edgecumbe/Putauaki||Whakatane and eastern Bay of Plenty|
|Mount Erin||Napier, Hastings, and central Hawke's Bay|
|Mount Murchison||Eastern Buller and western Tasman|
|Mount Rochfort||Westport and western Buller|
|Mount Studholme||Timaru and South Canterbury|
|Paparoa||Greymouth and Hokitika|
|Sugarloaf||Christchurch and Canterbury|
|Te Aroha||Hamilton and Waikato|
|Tuhingamata||Taupo and southern Waikato/Bay of Plenty|
|Whakapunake||Gisborne and East Coast|
|Wharite Peak||Palmerston North and Manawatu|