Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • Don’t get left behind: SDN, programmable networks change how network engineers work

    The rise of programmable networks and software-defined networking has changed the role of the network engineer, and accepting those changes is key to career advancement. Network engineers need to become software fluent and embrace automation, according to a panel of network professionals brought together by Cisco.

    15 May 18 01:15 Written by Ann Bednarz
  • 5G could widen digital divide, Chorus warns

    Chorus has warned the Government that, without direct intervention, deployment of 5G cellular technology by New Zealand’s three mobile network operators could exacerbate the country’s digital divide.

    02 May 18 14:20 Written by Stuart Corner
  • $12m for regulator, $1m for consumers - ComCom

    Three years and $12 million is what the Commerce Commission thinks it will take to fund its work on developing a new regulatory regime for fibre networks. In addition, it suggests the telco sector might stump up another $1 million to support consumer representative groups.

    01 May 18 10:07 Written by Sarah Putt
  • Vocus scraps sale of NZ business

    ​Vocus Group has decided against selling its New Zealand business, announcing today that it has “ceased all discussions with interested parties in the sale process”.

    24 April 18 09:19 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Australian start-up Fleet Space aims to enable IoT globally

    Adelaide-based startup Fleet Space Technologies is a small company with big ambitions: “to design, build and launch the technology that will become the digital nervous system for our planet, drive a connected world and unlock the next industrial revolution.”

    19 April 18 12:24 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ broadband market at a juncture

    He had only been in the top job a couple of months, but when Spark (then Telecom) CEO Simon Moutter declared that unlimited broadband was a crazy idea he, along with most of the industry, was still operating in a pre-fibre world.

    18 April 18 12:51 Written by Sarah Putt
  • Vodafone cops Commerce Commission action over FibreX advertising

    The Commerce Commission has accused Vodafone of misrepresenting its FibreX broadband service, which is delivered over a hybrid fibre coax network, as being delivered over the Ultra Fast Broadband fibre to the home network. Vodafone has refuted the accusations.

    16 April 18 09:34 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ IoT Alliance seeks arable farming solutions

    A Request For Information (RFI) to take part in a pilot project demonstrating the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) when applied to arable farming has been issued by the New Zealand IoT Alliance

    10 April 18 09:23 Written by Sarah Putt
  • Rural providers shaking up telco scene

    As telecommunications enters the next phase in its evolution – the advent of 5G, the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill before parliament – a new voice in emerging on the New Zealand scene.

    05 April 18 11:37 Written by Sarah Putt
  • Govt paper advocates ambitious spectrum plan

    A Government paper discussing spectrum for 5G, the next generation of cellular technology, suggests the process to parcel out the rights could begin in the next 12-18 months.

    03 April 18 19:15 Written by Sarah Putt
  • Southern Cross Cable tracked across NZ's North Island

    A tour depicting the route of international telecommunications cable the Southern Cross Cable across the North Island has been created by investigative artist Bronwyn Holloway-Smith.

    03 April 18 19:11 Written by Sarah Putt
  • REANNZ picks Vodafone, Chorus to connect with Hawaiki

    Research and Education Advanced Network NZ (REANNZ ) has selected Vodafone and Chorus to provide fibre backhaul services to connect its backbone national research and education network to the Hawaiki submarine cable landing station at Mangawhai Heads in Northland.

    29 March 18 09:12 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Yahoo Japan picks Apstra intent-based networking for massive data centre fabric

    Apstra, a startup developing intent-based networking technology, has received a significant boost to its fortunes: Yahoo Japan, one of the largest ISPs in Japan, has deployed version 2.0 of Apstra’s AOS operating system for intent-based networking in its multi-vendor production data centre network.

    27 March 18 10:50 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Connect your cow for $1.79 per month, via Spark

    Spark has launched its LoRaWAN low powered wide area network for IoT, saying it will enable a farmer to get hourly updates on the location and body temperature of its cows for $1.79 per month.

    26 March 18 14:59 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus to trial TV broadcast over fibre

    Chorus plans to launch in May a proof of concept trial of direct broadcasting to consumers’ homes over its fibre network, with guaranteed capacity sufficient to deliver programming in 4K or 8K.

    26 March 18 14:17 Written by Stuart Corner