Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • Hikurangi to get Northpower UFB by September

    ​Northpower has announced commencement of construction of the UFB network in Hikurangi, saying it will be completed in September this year and will pass more than 650 customers.

    24 April 17 10:17 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark to add WiFi to Westpac Stadium

    ​Spark has become the official technology partner of Wellington’s Westpac Stadium and will install a high density WiFi network throughout the stadium in partnership with technology supplier, Huawei to improve mobile communications for visitors and to support a network of display screens for advertising and information.

    21 April 17 09:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark to scrap PSTN, replace with IP network

    Spark has unveiled a five-year plan to scrap its aging circuit-switched public telephone network and replace it with IP technology.

    19 April 17 10:54 Written by Stuart Corner
  • vGRID first in NZ to deploy HPE Synergy ‘composable infrastructure’

    ​vGRID, a New Zealand based SaaS and IaaS provider focussed on the small to medium business market, has moved from its datacentre at Waikato Innovation Park into Datacom’s Kapua data centre and has become the first company in New Zealand to deploy HPE’s Synergy product, claimed by HPE to embody a new architecture that it calls ‘composable infrastructure’.

    12 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Dunedin proves its ‘Gigatown’ status with triple-speed broadband

    ​According to data from Chorus, Dunedin – which in 2013 became New Zealand’s first Gigatown – is well ahead of the rest of the country in broadband speeds with an average bandwidth of 196Mbps, more than three times that of the next fastest centre.

    10 April 17 09:14 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark launches cloud contact centre on AWS

    Spark has launched a cloud contact centre service from Genesys that combines inbound and outbound calling, email, web chat, social media and fax and that enables a single view of customer interactions across all these channels.

    06 April 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Tasman Global Access Cable comes into service

    The Tasman Global Access (TGA) cable built by Spark, Vodafone and Telstra linking Australia and New Zealand has come into service, providing an alternative route, and competition, to the Southern Cross Cable.

    30 March 17 14:01 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Kordia aims for one million Sigfox IoT connections

    The low-powered wide area radio network using the Sigfox technology for connecting Internet of Things devices being rolled out by Kordia and Sigfox licencee Thinxtra has reached coverage of 88 percent of the New Zealand population, with Kordia saying it aims to sell one million IoT connections over the next three years.

    29 March 17 13:56 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TeamTalk shareholders to vote on Vodafone offer

    TeamTalk shareholders will vote on 12 April on whether or not to accept Vodafone’s $10m offer for 70 percent of BayCity Communications Limited, the TeamTalk subsidiary that owns TeamTalk’s Farmside business.

    29 March 17 09:53 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Telcos call for copper cut-off code

    Telecommunications providers, through the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (which still retains the acronym TCF, from when it was known as the Telecommunications Carriers Forum) want the industry to develop its own code to govern Chorus’ withdrawal of copper services in areas where copper services have been deregulated.

    27 March 17 16:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • New Zealanders want faster home Internet

    InternetNZ has released the results of a survey undertaken byUMR Research saying it reveals that New Zealanders want faster home Internet, and are ready to move on from old-fashioned copper connections

    23 March 17 17:36 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZTech urges action on IoT

    The New Zealand Technology Association (NZTech) has launched a national research project to better understand the potential benefits and risks of the Internet of Things (IoT) for the New Zealand economy, saying it will soon become critical to helping New Zealand raise its productivity and prosperity.

    20 March 17 12:25 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Global gong for Northpower Fibre’s NG-PON2 trial

    Northpower Fibre’s world-first trial of Next-Generation Passive Optical Network 2 (NG-PON2) technology in a live network, announced in February, has received recognition from the global Broadband Forum as it establishes a new council focused on NG-PON2.

    17 March 17 11:11 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ Navy first with IoT-equipped warship

    The New Zealand Navy has deployed systems monitoring and management technology from Siemens throughout two of its warships saying the deployment has made it the first navy in the world to “achieve unmanned machinery space on a warship.”

    10 March 17 14:55 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Nokia to manage Chorus’s network for three more years

    Nokia has renewed for a further three years a managed services agreement with Chorus signed in 2014 with Alcatel-Lucent, since acquired by Nokia. The new contract means that Nokia retains its role as the sole managed services provider to Chorus.

    09 March 17 15:27 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark offer ‘woefully inadequate’ says TeamTalk

    TeamTalk has branded as “woefully inadequate” Spark’s formal of $0.80 per share, announced earlier today, and told shareholders to await its target company statement that will be released by 23 March 2017 and that will include an independent adviser’s report from Grant Samuel.

    09 March 17 15:19 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Streaming video – the more the merrier says Roy Morgan

    Data from Roy Morgan Research show an increasing number of New Zealanders not settling for just one streaming video on demand service, such as Netflix or Spark’s Lightbox, but opting for two or more.

    02 March 17 11:59 Written by Stuart Corner