Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • Northpower makes world first NG-PON2 deployment

    Northpower Fibre has become the first telco in the world to demonstrate Next-Generation Passive Optical Network 2 (NG-PON2) technology in a live network, according to its technology supplier Calix.

    15 Feb. 17 15:45 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TeamTalk knocks back Spark offer, talks up value

    Directors of NZX listed mobile radio, metro fibre and Internet service provider TeamTalk have rejected Spark’s 80 cents per share offer of 7 February, despite it representing a premium of about 80 percent on the recent share price.

    09 Feb. 17 16:51 Written by Stuart Corner
  • ISPs: Bigger is not better, Consumer NZ survey finds

    Consumer NZ has released the results of its latest survey on consumers’ experience with telcos and internet service providers, saying the two largest ISPs, Spark and Vodafone, trailed the field in customer satisfaction.

    02 Feb. 17 09:40 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark to use UnisonFibre for FTTP in Napier, Hastings, Taupo and Rotorua

    Spark has formed a partnership with network company Unison for the installation of fibre for residential and small business customers in the Napier, Hastings, Taupo and Rotorua regions through Unison’s fibre optic network subsidiary UnisonFibre.

    01 Feb. 17 11:41 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Labour says power companies could outflank UFB2 rollout

    Labour has flagged the possibility of Chorus, and other beneficiaries of the Government’s $300m extension to the UFB network announced on 26 January, being outflanked by powerline companies, if legislation before Parliament becomes law.

    30 Jan. 17 08:51 Written by Stuart Corner
  • UFB phase 2 to reach 85 percent of New Zealanders

    The Government has launched the second phase of the UFB programme promising to provide fibre to the premises to a further 151 towns and 43 suburban fringe areas of larger centres.

    30 Jan. 17 08:50 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 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
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