Kordia is a New Zealand state-owned enterprise. It provides a range of services, including connectivity, cloud and cyber security services, as well as managed IT, field services, broadcast and safety of life communications.

Company typeState-owned enterprise
FoundedNew Zealand, 1989 as Broadcast Communications Ltd;
New Zealand, 2003 as THL;
New Zealand, 2006 as Kordia
HeadquartersNew Zealand
Key people
Neil Livingston, Interim CEO
Websitewww.kordia.co.nz Edit this at Wikidata

Kordia owns and operates a network in New Zealand, which 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 65-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).

In recent years, Kordia has made several acquisitions in the cyber security, cloud and managed IT space.

History edit

Kordia TV mast, Mount Kaukau

The New Zealand business was formed as a subsidiary of Television New Zealand Ltd (TVNZ) on 1 July 1989 as Broadcast Communications Ltd (BCL).[1]

In 2003 TVNZ underwent a wide restructure from a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) to a Crown Entity with a dual commercial-(public service) charter remit, with the passing of the Television New Zealand Act 2003. BCL was split from TVNZ into a separate business entity. The new entity was named Transmission Holdings Limited (THL, THL Group), with the New Zealand broadcasting business continuing to operate under the name BCL, and was, and continues to be structured as an SOE.[1] THL took with it a significant proportion of TVNZ's debt with it, leaving the newly restructured TVNZ debt free. This high level of initial debt has impeded the business's operating performance in the early years of its inception.[2]

In November 2006, the business, Transmission Holdings Limited Group (BCL, THLA, AAPCS) was rebranded to Kordia. The name "Kordia" is derived from the Latin word "accordia", meaning "harmony".[citation needed]

In June 2007 Kordia purchased telecommunications company and internet service provider (ISP) Orcon Limited for $27 million.[3] In 2008 Kordia led Orcon's launch of the country's first local loop unbundled telephone and broadband services, with Orcon becoming the first New Zealand ISP to offer ADSL2+ broadband access.[4] In April 2013 Kordia sold Orcon for an undisclosed sum to Vivid Networks, a consortium of businesspeople directed by Warren John Hurst. Less than a year later, John Hurst was facing bankruptcy and Orcon was sold to competitor Callplus in June 2014 for an undisclosed sum that was forecasted to be around $30 million.[5][6]

In 1993, the company then known as BCL opened a Maritime Operations Centre (MOC), which provides safety of life at seas communications on behalf of Maritime NZ. Kordia continues to provide this service from the MOC based in Wellington.[7] Today, Kordia's maritime operations is responsible for ‘NAVAREA XIV’ – an area of 50 million square kilometres, or nearly a quarter of the world's oceans.[8] Kordia built, and now operates and maintains HF and VHF radio networks for maritime communications.[9]

In 2013, New Zealand completed its transition to digital TV, marking the end of analogue TV transmission in New Zealand.[10] New Zealand Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss switched off the Waiatarua TV Tower analogue transmitter at 2am on 1 December 2013, bringing to an end a three-year nationwide digital switch-over campaign.[11]

In 2015, Kordia acquired Aura Information Security, a Wellington based cyber security consultancy founded in 2001. Kordia's then CEO Scott Bartlett said the acquisition would add to Kordia's existing capabilities in information security.[12] In 2017, Aura was named best security company at the iSANZ awards in 2017 and 2018.[13]

In 2020, Kordia acquired Emerging Technology Partners, an Auckland-based boutique cloud consultancy, to increase its cloud capabilities.[14]

In 2021, Kordia announced it was buying Auckland-headquartered Base2. Base2 offered managed IT, network, and security solutions with a cloud competency focused on the Microsoft ecosystem, Adobe, and other vendors, as well as certifications in Cisco, Azure, AWS, VMware and CompTIA, among others.[15]

In July 2021, Kordia announced that it had acquired cyber security managed services provider SecOps NZ.[16] The purchase saw Kordia increase its managed cyber security offering in the New Zealand market, as well as the establishment of a Cyber Defence Operations.[17]

In September 2021, Kordia announced that it was divesting its Australian contracting business, known as Kordia Solutions Australia.[18] Kordia Solutions Australia was purchased by Australian infrastructure service provider Ventia.[19]

Current operations edit

Kordia operates predominantly in New Zealand, with a head office in Auckland and offices in Wellington and Christchurch.

The business operates several operations centres for its various services. This includes two Maritime Operations Centres (MOC) in Wellington and Canberra, which provide safety of life at sea communication services, a Network Operations Centre (NOC), and a Cyber Defence Operations (CDO).

Kordia operates the digital television platforms in New Zealand – digital terrestrial television (DTT) and direct-to-home (DTH-satellite), including:


Warner Bros. Discovery New Zealand

Māori Television

Sky Television

Other Nationwide Stations

Regional Stations

Radio Networks

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.

Today edit

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.[22]

Kordia acquired Orcon Internet on 2 July 2007,[23] and sold it in April 2013.[24]

In 2011, Kordia announced that it is the first company in New Zealand to achieve the Microsoft SIP Trunking qualification for Microsoft Lync.[25]

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.[26]

Main high sites edit

Site Area(s) served Coordinates
Grampians Nelson and eastern Tasman 41°17′53″S 173°16′47″E / 41.29806°S 173.27972°E / -41.29806; 173.27972 (Grampians)
Hedgehope Invercargill and Southland 46°5′37.2″S 168°42′41.6″E / 46.093667°S 168.711556°E / -46.093667; 168.711556 (Hedgehope)
Hikurangi Bay of Islands 35°32′21.2″S 173°54′53.4″E / 35.539222°S 173.914833°E / -35.539222; 173.914833 (Hikurangi)
Horokaka Whangārei and central Northland 35°52′12.2″S 174°8′7.2″E / 35.870056°S 174.135333°E / -35.870056; 174.135333 (Horokaka)
Kaukau Wellington 41°14′1″S 174°46′46″E / 41.23361°S 174.77944°E / -41.23361; 174.77944 (Kaukau)
Kuriwao Southern Otago 46°14′18.8″S 169°22′18.9″E / 46.238556°S 169.371917°E / -46.238556; 169.371917 (Kuriwao)
Little Mount Ida Northern Otago 44°57′25.9″S 170°3′56.1″E / 44.957194°S 170.065583°E / -44.957194; 170.065583 (Little Mount Ida)
Maungataniwha Far North District 35°10′2.1″S 173°31′24.3″E / 35.167250°S 173.523417°E / -35.167250; 173.523417 (Maungataniwha)
Mount Cargill Dunedin and eastern Otago 45°48′47″S 170°33′19″E / 45.81306°S 170.55528°E / -45.81306; 170.55528 (Mount Cargill)
Mount Edgecumbe/Putauaki Whakatāne and eastern Bay of Plenty 38°6′16.5″S 176°44′12.6″E / 38.104583°S 176.736833°E / -38.104583; 176.736833 (Mount Edgecumbe)
Mount Taranaki/Egmont Taranaki 39°17′19.7″S 174°5′4.3″E / 39.288806°S 174.084528°E / -39.288806; 174.084528 (Mount Egmont)
Mount Erin Napier, Hastings, and central Hawke's Bay 39°44′23″S 176°50′27″E / 39.73972°S 176.84083°E / -39.73972; 176.84083 (Mount Erin)
Mount Murchison Eastern Buller and western Tasman 41°43′45″S 172°29′58″E / 41.72917°S 172.49944°E / -41.72917; 172.49944 (Mount Murchison)
Mount Rochfort Westport and western Buller 41°46′43.2″S 171°44′25.9″E / 41.778667°S 171.740528°E / -41.778667; 171.740528 (Mount Rochfort)
Mount Studholme Timaru and South Canterbury 44°38′28.8″S 170°54′39″E / 44.641333°S 170.91083°E / -44.641333; 170.91083 (Mount Studholme)
Obelisk Central Otago 45°19′18.8″S 169°12′25.3″E / 45.321889°S 169.207028°E / -45.321889; 169.207028 (Obelisk)
Otahoua Wairarapa 40°58′32.1″S 175°45′16.5″E / 40.975583°S 175.754583°E / -40.975583; 175.754583 (Otahoua)
Paparoa Greymouth and Hokitika 42°24′11.5″S 171°20′33.8″E / 42.403194°S 171.342722°E / -42.403194; 171.342722 (Paparoa)
Peninsula Hill Queenstown 45°2′27″S 168°43′26″E / 45.04083°S 168.72389°E / -45.04083; 168.72389 (Peninsula Hill)
Sugarloaf Christchurch and Canterbury 43°36′13″S 172°38′58″E / 43.60361°S 172.64944°E / -43.60361; 172.64944 (Sugarloaf)
Te Aroha Hamilton and Waikato 37°32′2.1″S 175°44′31.4″E / 37.533917°S 175.742056°E / -37.533917; 175.742056 (Te Aroha)
Tuhingamata Taupō and southern Waikato/Bay of Plenty 38°42′32.5″S 175°59′48″E / 38.709028°S 175.99667°E / -38.709028; 175.99667 (Tuhingamata)
Waiatarua Auckland 36°55′34.5″S 174°34′5″E / 36.926250°S 174.56806°E / -36.926250; 174.56806 (Waiatarua)
Whakapunake Gisborne and East Coast 38°50′2.2″S 177°35′59.3″E / 38.833944°S 177.599806°E / -38.833944; 177.599806 (Whakapunake)
Wharite Peak Palmerston North and Manawatu 40°15′17″S 175°51′28″E / 40.25472°S 175.85778°E / -40.25472; 175.85778 (Wharite Peak)

See also edit

References edit

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