Mobility & Wireless News, Features, and Interviews

  • 2degrees 2G 2go

    2degrees has announced it will shut down its 2G mobile network in March 2018.

    15 Sept. 17 13:26 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus sees increased competition from wireless broadband

    Chorus has reported a 24 percent increase in net profit for FY17 despite a decline in broadband connections as copper broadband connections decline and as take-up of competitors’ wireless broadband increases.

    28 Aug. 17 10:53 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Rakon talks up IoT opportunities

    Rakon is talking up its ambitions in the burgeoning Internet of Things market on the back of Thinxtra, the Australian and New Zealand operator of the Sigfox wireless network for IoT in which Rakon has a 42 percent stake, securing $A20m in Series B funding

    18 Aug. 17 13:18 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Workplace safety app Blerter gets an upgrade

    Blerter, a New Zealand developed app designed to improve workforce health and safety, has been upgraded with the addition of a new incident management feature, the ability to link alerts and hazards to incidents, a new user interface and other features.

    04 Aug. 17 13:03 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TUANZ calls for mobile comms review to boost MVNO numbers

    TUANZ is urging communications commissioner Dr Stephen Gale to initiate a review of New Zealand’s mobile telecommunications market, saying the lack of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) is putting a damper on competition.

    01 Aug. 17 11:28 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government coy on 111 caller location limitations

    The New Zealand Government is boasting about the effectiveness of a new caller location system for calls to 111 make from mobile phones, without making any mention of the fact that it works only from Android phones.

    10 July 17 11:47 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark plans NZ-wide wireless networks for IoT

    Within hours of Vodafone NZ on 3 July announcing plans to add NB-IoT capability to its mobile network to meet the requirements of communication with IoT devices, Spark announced plans to rollout a New Zealand-wide low powered wide area network for IoT. Spark 's network will be based on the LoRaWAN technology.

    05 July 17 07:01 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone NZ to deploy narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) network

    Vodafone NZ has announced plans to upgrade its mobile network to support NB-IoT, a recently standardised variant of cellular technology designed to enable mobile networks to support IoT applications.

    04 July 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Fixed broadband: “Nothing more than backhaul” for consumers and SMEs, says Spark CEO

    Spark held an investor update today 30 June, bombarding shareholders with around 120 slides detailing the market forces and trends underpinning its thinking for the next phase of transformation, its game-plans for competing, its approach to network investment and the impact of these on its longer-term financial and organisational aspirations.

    03 July 17 10:20 Written by Stuart Corner
  • The 5 biggest challenges faced by remote startups

    ​Getting your business off the ground is expensive. According to a study conducted by the Kauffmann Foundation, startup costs average around $30,000. If you’re looking to significantly decrease your operating costs, you’ve probably already considered going remote.

    27 June 17 10:00 Written by Ellie Martin
  • Government funding to boost Canterbury broadband and agriculture

    The government is to provide $1.6 million funding to the Canterbury region to support a goal of having 95 percent of farmers in the region connected to broadband services and to boost the value of agricultural production in the region.

    26 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • HawkEye to help farmers farm smarter

    Farmer-owned co-operative Ravensdown has introduced a set of online benchmarking and forecasting tools that it says will help farmers make smarter nutrient decisions by showing planned versus actual nutrient investments over time.

    19 June 17 09:21 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark taps Nokia for core network upgrade

    Spark is to upgrade its core infrastructure under a three-year strategic partnership with Nokia that will include the supply by Nokia of its 7250 Interconnect Router R6 (IXR-R6) to “address capacity and embrace architectural evolution on the path to 5G, ultra-broadband and IoT,” according to Nokia.

    15 June 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark NIWA and others launch major farm IoT trial

    According to a post on the NZTech blog, Spark is partnering with NIWA, Farmlands, and Ballance Agri-Nutrients to launch an Internet of Things pilot for farmers, starting with about 40 farms in the Matamata-Piako region, with a further 20 farms to be added in the South Island.

    12 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • PwC flags challenges for media and entertainment companies

    PwC has released its 18th annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017-2021 saying that entertainment and media companies accustomed to competing and creating differentiation through content and distribution must focus more intensely on user experience (UX).

    08 June 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Taranki school students get to study Wi-Fi

    ​PrimoWireless, (which operates a wireless broadband network for internet access in the Taranaki area), Massey University and New Plymouth Girls’ and Boys’ high schools have secured funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Curious Mind's Participatory Science Platform to investigate wireless connectivity in the region.

    06 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
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