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Telecommunications infrastructure

In the telecommunications sector, commercially effective legal advice is critical for contractors, network operators, and other parties to manage risks and achieve their goals. We help our clients to navigate the complex regulatory constraints involved in operating within the sector.

Our lawyers have expertise in:

  • maintenance and service arrangements
  • customer contracts
  • capacity use agreements
  • contracts to lay fibre in ducts and on poles
  • indefeasible rights of use
  • dark fibre agreements
  • resource management issues.

Contractual advice

We are experts in all types of contract, from simple agreements to complex multi-party arrangements.

Our lawyers work closely with clients to understand their business aims, ensuring we are delivering services in a commercially relevant manner. We pride ourselves on providing solutions that are practical, cost-effective, and tailored to specific situations.

Joint ventures

Kensington Swan has extensive experience in the establishment of joint ventures and alliances within the telecommunications sector. This includes assisting clients to acquire network assets through outright purchase or by using arrangements such as indefeasible rights of use agreements.

Recent experience

Ultra-fast broadband (UFB)

We worked with clients tendering for the Crown’s ultra-fast broadband initiative, providing advice on regulatory and legal matters covered in their responses to the UFB request for proposal.

Maintenance and service agreements

We have assisted clients negotiating complex maintenance and service agreements with New Zealand’s largest telecommunications providers.

Resource management issues

Kensington Swan has acted for one of New Zealand's largest telecommunication providers on contentious resource management issues, including applications for cell phone sites. We successfully obtained consent for expansion of the network following a defended Environment Court hearing. 

We have also provided advice to network operators ensuring access rights under the Resource Management Act and telecommunications legislation.

Network infrastructure

We advised a New Zealand lines company on the use of its network infrastructure for fibre optic cabling, and its acquisition of fibre network assets. This included resolving easement issues and drafting effective commercial arrangements for providing customers with access to dark fibre.


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