Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Commerce Commission seeks feedback on fibre regulation regime

    ​The Commerce Commission has unveiled its position on the rules, requirements and processes that will underpin the new regulatory regime for New Zealand’s fibre networks, with the release of an issues paper and a series of supporting studies.

    21 May 19 09:49 Written by Stuart Corner
  • In brief: Trustpower to use Hawaiki for US capacity

    Hawaiki cable has signed New Zealand’s fourth-largest ISP, Trustpower as a customer for Internet connectivity to the US, giving Trustpower its first directly contracted link to the USA.

    16 May 19 12:35 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Commerce Commission says mobile competition OK but could be better

    The Commerce Commission has released the preliminary findings of its study into New Zealand’s mobile services market, saying it shows competition indicators such as pricing, coverage and choice of mobile services “trending in a positive direction for consumers”.

    16 May 19 12:34 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Facebook, Google back ‘Christchurch Call’ in wake of terror attack

    Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are among the backers of the ‘Christchurch Call’, which commits its signatories to taking steps to address the uploading and dissemination of “terrorist and violent extremist content”.

    16 May 19 09:41 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Visionstream & Downer retain Chorus network maintenance business

    Chorus has awarded contracts to incumbent suppliers Visionstream and Downer for the maintenance of its copper and fibre broadband networks, along with any new fibre build outside of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) areas, as a result of what it says is greatly improved performance of the network.

    15 May 19 06:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Infratil and others looking to buy Vodafone NZ

    NZX-listed investment company, Infratil has flagged plans to buy Vodafone, in partnership with an unspecified other party and has requested a trading halt.

    10 May 19 15:16 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Your chance to effect change to .NZ

    InternetNZ is looking for a diverse range of “smart and engaged” people to help it review the policies related to the .nz domain space.

    03 May 19 10:12 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TeamTalk to become Vital

    NZX-listed telco, TeamTalk (NZX TTK) has announced that both its TeamTalk and CityLink businesses will trade under the name Vital ahead of a planned change of the company name later this year.

    01 May 19 11:20 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chat and chatbots help Spark cut customer service costs

    Since mid 2017 Spark has reduced its customer service costs by 25 percent and call volumes to its contact centre by 33 percent through the use of human online chat and virtual assistants – chatbots.

    24 April 19 11:34 Written by Stuart Corner
  • China warns Australia at WTO about 5G restrictions

    China told Australia at the World Trade Organization on Friday that Australia's restriction on Chinese 5G telecoms technology was "obviously discriminative" and appeared to break global trade rules, according to a transcript seen by Reuters.

    15 April 19 14:33 Written by Reuters
  • Chorus to rein in subcontractors following employment law breaches

    Chorus has released the findings of an independent investigation into the employment practices of subcontractors rolling out the UFB, vowing to take actions to ensure consistently fair conditions that comply with employment laws.

    12 April 19 10:05 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Alcatel Submarine Networks to supply Southern Cross NEXT

    Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has won the contract to supply the US$350 million Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable, scheduled for completion in 2021 that will connect Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tokelau, Kiribati and the United States.

    09 April 19 10:39 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark names future customer director

    Spark New Zealand has named Grant McBeath customer director to replace Jolie Hodson on 1 July when she takes on the CEO role following the resignation of Simon Moutter, announced last week.

    09 April 19 10:21 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Huawei allegations driven by politics not evidence: ITU head

    U.S. security concerns about 5G mobile networks built by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei appear to be driven by politics and trade rather than any evidence, the head of the U.N. internet and telecoms agency said on Friday.

    08 April 19 10:20 Written by Reuters
  • Spark MD Simon Moutter to step down

    Spark New Zealand managing director Simon Moutter has surprised the industry by announcing his intention to resign on 30 June. He will be replaced by Jolie Hodson, currently customer director.

    05 April 19 10:22 Written by Stuart Corner
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