Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Small print costs Trustpower $390k

    Trustpower has been fined $390,000 for misleading consumers about a bundled broadband and electricity supply offer.

    23 Sept. 16 09:18 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone cops $165k fine for misleading advertising

    Vodafone has been fined $165,000 for making false price representations in breach of the Fair Trading Act after the Commerce Commission filed charges against the company in May.

    15 Sept. 16 10:39 Written by Stuart Corner
  • The robots are coming – to queue for you

    Spark says it has brought to New Zealand 100 Alpha 1 robots, manufactured by Chinese company Ubtech, to stand in queues at its stores on behalf of customers.

    12 Sept. 16 16:22 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus growth stalled by regulated prices

    Chorus' results for FY16 hewed very close to those it reported in FY15, saying its result in the most recent financial year was impacted by lower pricing for key services set by the Commerce Commission.

    29 Aug. 16 09:57 Written by Stuart Corner
  • DRFortress to build and run Hawaiki’s Hawaii landing station

    Hawaiki Submarine Cable has named DRFortress as its landing and operating partner in Hawaii saying this will make the Hawaiki cable landing station, on the main island of Oahu, the first open-access station in Hawaii and will “help to unlock the Hawaiian connectivity market.”

    24 Aug. 16 12:43 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Merger with M2 makes Vocus a force in NZ

    ASX listed Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) has almost tripled its New Zealand revenues for FY16, following its merger with trans-Tasman telco group M2 in February this year. It has set itself the goal of being “the leading challenger telco across Australia and New Zealand.”

    23 Aug. 16 13:59 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone scores two Government telecoms contracts

    ​Vodafone has been awarded contracts for the delivery of telecommunications services to two government agencies – the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

    22 Aug. 16 13:27 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark’s revenue and profits dip

    Spark has reported a decline in after tax profit of 1.3 percent to $370 million on the back of revenues to $3.5 billion, down one percent. However EBITA and pre-tax profit were both up: EBITDA by 2.5 percent to $986 million and pre-tax profit by 6.2 percent to $512 million.

    18 Aug. 16 09:55 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Sky Vodafone merger will entrench sports monopoly, says Spark

    Spark has made a submission to the Commerce Commission formally opposing the proposed merger between Sky and Vodafone on the grounds that Sky’s monopoly of rights to premium sports will limit access to these events.

    16 Aug. 16 13:31 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark sets new minimum staff pay rates

    Spark has announced a new employee salary regime under which, it says, all non-commission-based full-time employees will earn at least $40,000 annually — plus company benefits including a “generous” monthly Spark account credit as well as life, income and trauma insurance, with a combined value in excess of $2,500 annually.

    15 Aug. 16 13:59 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TeamTalk taps Cameron Partners for strategic review

    NZX listed telco, TeamTalk (NZX: TTK) has engaged investment banking advisors, Cameron Partners, to work with both its board and incoming CEO, Andrew Miller, to assist with a review of its strategy and the evaluation of options.

    10 Aug. 16 09:59 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TUANZ replaces three board members

    The Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) has announced the appointment of three new board members to replace three retiring members, following its AGM.

    08 Aug. 16 09:08 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone launches youth-focussed prepaid services

    Vodafone has launched a new prepaid mobile offering for the youth market, Vodafone Mates, claiming it gives customers more control and flexibility over how they use their smartphones than current offerings.

    04 Aug. 16 14:03 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus seeking 250 techies

    Chorus says it is struggling to recruit technicians and support staff needed to meet the demands it faces across its copper and fibre business, despite having added almost 2000 people to its workforce since 2011. It wants to add another 250 technicians and support staff by the end of the year.

    26 July 16 10:48 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Commerce Commission commences scrutiny of Vodafone-Sky merger plans

    The Commerce Commission has commenced its assessment of the planned merger of Vodafone and Sky, with the issue of a preliminary issues paper. The move follows receipt of formal applications for Commerce Commission clearance, lodged by Sky and Vodafone on 29 June.

    14 July 16 12:03 Written by Stuart Corner
  • New Zealanders gobbling data at growing rates

    Chorus has released figures for household data consumption saying it has doubled in 18 months to 100 gigabytes per household and is on track to reach 170 gigabytes by mid-2017.

    13 July 16 12:21 Written by Stuart Corner