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  • Southern Cross talks up NEXT as survey contact signed

    Just a day after newcomer Hawaiki Cable announced completion of the survey route for its planned trans-Pacific cable, incumbent Southern Cross Cable has signed a contract for the route survey for its second system, Southern Cross NEXT, plans for which were announced in September 2016. The survey contractor was not named.

    18 Jan. 17 17:11 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Hawaiki ‘on schedule’ as route survey is completed

    Hawaiki Submarine Cable and its main supplier, TE SubCom, say they have completed the survey of the cable’s 14,000km route and the project remains on schedule for completion in mid-2018.

    17 Jan. 17 15:33 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Southern Cross deploys SDN to serve Pacific Islands

    Southern Cross Cable Network has introduced new service offerings based on software-defined networking (SDN supported by a platform from incumbent supplier Ciena that it says will make life easier for smaller operators and the Pacific Islands.

    11 Jan. 17 11:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ’s digital divide is alive and well, survey finds

    InternetNZ has seized on the findings of a comprehensive, long-term study of Internet usage in New Zealand to call for more to be done to close the country’s digital divide.

    16 Dec. 16 08:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Taxpayers Union says Motu study shows UFB a waste of money

    The Taxpayers Union has seized on the findings of a study into the productivity benefits of the Ultra Fast Broadband network, saying it shows the $2b spent by the Government on the network was “money down the toilet.”

    14 Dec. 16 08:45 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Nokia upgrades Spark’s fibre network to 200Gbps per wavelength

    Nokia says it has supplied Spark with the first dense wavelength division multiplexing optical communications technology capable or carrying 200Gbps on a single optical wavelength, twice the current maximum presently supported on Spark’s network.

    09 Dec. 16 09:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Dot Kiwi and Umbrellar team to prevent .kiwi domain abuse

    New Zealand’s largest domain name and web hosting company, Umbrellar, has teamed up with Dot Kiwi, the New Zealand company approved by ICANN as the sole registry for the .kiwi top level domain, to help protect New Zealand businesses and individuals from potential phishing attacks and unwanted cyber-squatting.

    08 Dec. 16 08:56 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Network for Learning now reaching all schools

    Network for Learning (N4L) the government company set up to provide a managed network for New Zealand’s schools says it has completed its rollout, with 2431 schools now connected.

    07 Dec. 16 09:19 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Hawaiki misses out: Fiji to be hooked into Southern Cross

    The World Bank has today announced $US5.95 million loan funding to support the construction of a new submarine cable to connect the existing Southern Cross submarine cable network to Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second most populated island 150 kilometres north of the capital, Suva on the main island of Viti Levu.

    05 Dec. 16 08:47 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark offers broadband to the Max

    ​Spark has launched the Spark Fibre MAX service over the UFB network, offering downstream speeds with a theoretical maximum of 1Gbps, saying it should provide users with between 700Mbps and 900Mbps downstream and 400Mbps upstream.

    02 Dec. 16 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Hawaiki cable construction starts

    Construction of the 14,000 kilometre Hawaiki submarine cable that will link New Zealand to Australia, Hawaii and mainland United States has started with a ground breaking ceremony at Bream Trail Farm, Mangawhai Heads, Northland attended by NZ prime minister John Key and communications minister Amy Adams.

    24 Nov. 16 09:13 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Not just about speed – Kiwi ISPs put Aussie TPG to shame

    TrueNet has released the latest results from its ongoing monitoring of consumer internet usage saying the show download times for Australian and US web sites experienced by Australian users on TPG’s ADSL services in Sydney and Melbourne are greater than those for any NZ ISP it measures.

    22 Nov. 16 15:03 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZITF deploys EclecticIQ to share cyber threat information

    The New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) has opted for EclecticIQ’s threat intelligence platform to share information about malware and other online threats among its members and with New Zealand's wider cyber security community.

    10 Nov. 16 14:32 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government looks to widen FTTP deployment

    The Commerce Committee is look at facilitating the wider deployment of fibre to the premises in rural areas by enabling power companies to deploy fibre on their existing infrastructure on private property without having to negotiate new access rights: they would be able to use existing rights.

    04 Nov. 16 10:57 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark to abandon copper for fibre or wireless broadband

    Spark has announced a plan dubbed ‘Upgrade New Zealand’ to get as many of its broadband customers as possible off copper networks: it will move high data volume users to fibre and others to wireless broadband.

    03 Nov. 16 11:02 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Commerce Commission puts the brakes on Vodafone Sky merger

    The Commerce Commission has raised a number of issues with Vodafone and Sky in regard to their proposed merger, saying it is not satisfied that it would not substantially lessen competition in the telecommunications and pay TV services markets.

    31 Oct. 16 14:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Environment Canterbury gets NZ’s first optical LAN

    Environment Canterbury, the council responsible for the Canterbury region’s air, water and land has become the first organisation in New Zealand to deploy a fibre-based local area network, according to supplier Nokia.

    26 Oct. 16 17:06 Written by Stuart Corner
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