Stories by Stuart Corner

$40m boost to Rural Broadband and Mobile Blackspot programmes

The Government will use $40m from its $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund to improve connectivity in regional New Zealand by boosting the $105m already allocated to phase 2 of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI2) and the Mobile Blackspots Fund (MBF).

Chorus to cut wholesale fibre price

Chorus says it will cut the wholesale price for its UFB service from $65 to $60 per month from mid 2019, and to $56 from mid 2020 as the number of connections passes the half million mark.

Callaghan Innovation debuts micro 3D printer

Callaghan Innovation has unveiled a new type of 3D printing technology that it says is able to print structures with features one twentieth the thickness of a 100 micron wide human hair.

Commerce Commission gears up for future UFB regulation

The Commerce Commission is seeking input on its proposed approach to imposing a revenue cap and service quality standards on Chorus for its UFB offering along with information disclosure rules for Chorus and the other fibre companies.

Vodafone debuts Ciena-based SDN

Vodafone New Zealand has unveiled what it says is an adaptable and agile network, based on technology from Ciena that can respond in real time to customers’ changing demands.

New HPC facility launched at NZ’s NIWA

Research, science and innovation minister Dr Megan Woods has officially opened New Zealand’s High Performance Computing Facility at NIWA’s campus in Wellington, 17 months after the government announced plans to invest in the facility.

Board education key to boosting cyber security

There is an urgent need for boards to become better educated about cyber security in order to propagate an appropriate attitude to infosec to CEOs and, from them down, an appropriate culture throughout an organisation.

MedicMind AI keeps an eye on eye disease

oDocs Eye Care, a New Zealand social enterprise that develops smartphone apps for viewing the retina to aid in the diagnosis of eye diseases, has developed an artificial intelligence framework dubbed MedicMind.

Securing the cloud now a top priority

Gartner has just released its 2018 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB), which predicts that by 2022 60 per cent of large enterprises will use a CASB to govern cloud services, up from less than 20 per cent today.

Suncorp NX deploys Nutanix to support Citrix VDI

Banking and insurance group Suncorp New Zealand has deployed Nutanix's Enterprise Cloud OS software to support its Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), enabling staff to work remotely.

MuleSoft eyes multibillion dollar API opportunity

When Salesforce announced in March its plan to acquire API platform developer MuleSoft for US$6.5 billion it said there was potential to turn MuleSoft (estimated FY18 sales $415 million) into a $10 billion business.