Stories by Stuart Corner

UpGuard names Nextgen as NZ distie

IT security technology company UpGuard has named Nextgen as its exclusive distributor in New Zealand. The move follows the company appointing ACA Pacific as its exclusive distributor in Australia and South East Asia earlier this month.

NZTech urges action on IoT

The New Zealand Technology Association (NZTech) has launched a national research project to better understand the potential benefits and risks of the Internet of Things (IoT) for the New Zealand economy, saying it will soon become critical to helping New Zealand raise its productivity and prosperity.

Global gong for Northpower Fibre’s NG-PON2 trial

Northpower Fibre’s world-first trial of Next-Generation Passive Optical Network 2 (NG-PON2) technology in a live network, announced in February, has received recognition from the global Broadband Forum as it establishes a new council focused on NG-PON2.

Toshiba Portégé X20 now available in NZ

Toshiba has introduced into the New Zealand and Australian markets its tablet/laptop combo the Portégé X20, based on the 7th generation Intel Core vPro processor.

Spark promises 4.5G as 4G coverage passes 90 percent

Spark has taken the opportunity of communications minister Simon Bridges’ announcement that the target of 90 percent of New Zealanders having access to 4G (LTE) cellular to talk up the next iteration of cellular technology, which it has described as 4.5G — a term that can be applied to LTE-Advanced or the newer technology of LTE-Advanced Pro.

Earthquake Commission first customer for NZ-hosted OnBase

New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission, which undertakes research into natural disasters and provides insurance against natural disasters for residential properties, has selected Hyland’s OnBase cloud-based content management system to support its claims management system, Guidewire ClaimCenter.

SiteTech acquires WebSlice

SiteHost Hosting and cloud services provider, SiteTech Group — the company behind the SiteHost brand — has acquired WebSlice Limited, a New Zealand hosting provider with products in the cloud servers, dedicated servers and shared hosting markets.

Bee smart: Gallagher and NetValue back apiary tech startup

Hamilton based startup MyApiary, which develops IT solutions for the beekeeping industry, has scored investment from Gallagher, Hamilton based web design and hosting company NetValue and other investors. (Its website also lists Soda, a “founder focused incubator” as a partner).

Commerce Commission tightens Chorus’ UBA congestion limits

The Commerce Commission has released the final decision in its review of the non-price features of Chorus’ Unbundled Bitstream Access (UBA) service, imposing tighter congestion reporting requirements than those envisaged in its draft decision.