2degrees chief executive Stewart Sherriff says he expects the company will be selling fixed-line broadband, including ultrafast broadband, by the end of 2015.
The company first signalled in August last year that it was likely to expand beyond the mobile market into fixed-line services, but has not previously been drawn on time frames.
Sherriff said 2degrees expected to firm up its plans in the next two months.
It had been talking to existing broadband operators and Sherriff said he would not rule out partnering with one or more of them to enter the market within the next 12 months.
But he said nothing had been signed and 2degrees was "still in discussions".
2degrees had talked to the "usual suspects" and a partnership was the most likely way it would compete in the fixed-line market "at least initially", he said.
There has been speculation 2degrees might team up with Christchurch-based internet provider Snap, through which it acquires national and international capacity.
"[Snap chief executive] Mark Petrie and I have had discussions as have myself and all the other ISPs," Sherriff said.
2degrees has not estimated the likely cost of entering the fixed-line market but did not expect it would need to raise extra capital, he said.
Attention on 2degrees' plans intensified last year when Vodafone announced it would acquire TelstraClear.
"You have got Vodafone and Telecom offering total telecommunications solutions to everybody. If we want to be a serious player in the market then we are probably going to have to offer similar services," Sherriff said.
"If they are there offering bundled services for broadband, fixed and mobile, and I am only knocking on your door with a mobile, I am at a disadvantage, right?"
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