Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • 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
  • Why total bans on remote work don't remotely work

    Companies seem to be moving in different directions when it comes to remote workers. Some have embraced the practice. Others have banned it. But there is a middle ground.

    24 June 17 20:21 Written by Mike Elgan
  • New Zealanders want access to online health records, from Government

    ​A survey of New Zealanders undertaken by global consultancy Accenture suggests strong support for the development of an electronic health record system operated by the Government that would enable individuals to see all information in their medical records.

    22 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government’s open data gets $7.2 million boost

    ​Statistics minister Scott Simpson has announced funding of $7.2 million over the next three years to speed the release of government data under the government’s open data initiative.

    20 June 17 06:30 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 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
  • NIWA and NeSI to get three new supercomputers

    New Zealand weather and research bodies are to get three new Cray supercomputers under a six-year $31.7m contract announced today by science and innovation minister Paul Goldsmith.

    09 June 17 09:30 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
  • Telecommunications reforms finalised

    Communications minister Simon Bridges has revealed final details of the Government’s telecommunications reforms, expected to come into force from 2020, saying they will introduce a more predictable utility-style model for Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre, deregulate copper lines where fibre is available, and improve the quality of service for consumers by increasing regulatory oversight.

    02 June 17 08:51 Written by Stuart Corner
  • From Iron Dome to IoT: mPrest’s vision for Vector partnership

    The technology behind Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system might seem far removed from monitoring power networks in New Zealand but mPrest Systems, the Israeli company whose software underpins Iron Dome, is the same one that last month formed a partnership with energy and communications network operator Vector, and its cofounder and CEO, Natan Barak has high expectations for the partnership.

    01 June 17 12:03 Written by Stuart Corner
  • AWS scores whole of NZ Government cloud services supply deal

    ​Amazon Web Services (AWS) has scored a whole-of-government agreement, through the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), to help New Zealand Government agencies accelerate the adoption of public cloud services.

    31 May 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Gigamon offers visibility into Amazon Web Services for NZ Enterprises

    ​Gigamon has announced availability in New Zealand and Australia of the Gigamon Visibility Platform for Amazon Web Services, saying it provides consistent visibility into data in motion across an enterprise: on-premise, remote sites, public cloud, private, and hybrid architectures.

    22 May 17 09:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Southern Cross signs seven customers for NEXT cable

    Southern Cross Southern Cross Cable Network says seven organisations have now signed letters of intent to use its planned Southern Cross NEXT trans Pacific cable. It says these include “three major Australasian carriers and four Pacific islands,” adding: “ Discussions with several other customers showing strong interest are also in progress.”

    18 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Minister trumpets UFB progress

    Communications minister Simon Bridges has announced release of the March 2017 Quarterly Broadband Update saying it shows the number of households, business, schools and hospitals connected to UFB has increased 12 percent in the past three months to almost 4000,000 and that deployment for phase one of the UFB programme is almost three-quarters complete, providing 1,103,000 households and businesses with access to download speeds of close to 1Gbps.

    12 May 17 08:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • James Pascoe switches SAP support to Rimini Street

    ​New Zealand retailer James Pascoe Group has switched to Rimini Street support for SAP ERP applications used by its eight retail brands in New Zealand and Australia.

    10 May 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
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