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Ch-ch-changes at Orcon as Kordia issues word from on high

Ch-ch-changes at Orcon as Kordia issues word from on high
Big changes are afoot at Orcon, which is about to merge with owner Kordia's other New Zealand telecommunications business Kordia Networks.

Big changes are afoot at Orcon, which is about to merge with owner Kordia's other New Zealand telecommunications business Kordia Networks.

orcon scott bartlett  kordia networksThe new business will be known as Kordia New Zealand and headed up by Orcon chief executive Scott Barlett, who said the brand will remain focussed on residential and small business customers.'

According to Bartlett, the company will have 320 staff and a turnover of $161 million.

Nine staff will be made redundant and another 50 call centre positions could also be outsourced offshore.

Kordia Group chief executive Geoff Hunt said Kordia New Zealand will have four areas of focus: media (broadcast and content management and delivery), advanced telecommunications services for business, specialised networks and internet services.

“Today’s announcement positions us to be solutions-led, combining the fast, innovative style of Orcon with the network quality of Kordia."

He said both businesses had developed services for business customers in parallel and that on the back of 27 percent growth in Orcon and 16 percent growth in Kordia Networks, it made sense to "rationalise the product' and eliminate unnecessary duplication of infrastructure and staff.

Kordia Group has 1400 staff across Australia and New Zealand and revenue in the range of $400 million.