Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Spark expands telecoms offering to government agencies

    Spark has added contact centre, unified communication, cloud security access brokerage and site connectivity to its Telecommunications as a Service (TaaS) portfolio, saying the move will strengthen its ability to offer TaaS to government agencies.

    09 Feb. 18 12:43 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vocus unveils new operating structure

    Vocus revealed today it has decided to split its Enterprise & Wholesale business into two operating segments.

    15 Jan. 18 10:29 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Optical test gear maker Coherent Solutions raises $3m

    Auckland based Coherent Solutions — which claims to make the world’s highest performing test and measurement instruments for optical communications — has raised $3 million in an A-Series investment round led by the Punakaiki Fund and supported by K1W1, NZVIF and Auckland University’s Inventors Fund.

    15 Dec. 17 10:21 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus appointments and resignation

    Chorus has announced the resignation of Scott Newton, general manager, strategy and business operations after just four months in the job.

    06 Dec. 17 09:14 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government seeks input on new telecoms law

    The Government has called for submission on the proposed legislation to create a new regulatory framework for telecommunications.

    04 Dec. 17 13:52 Written by Stuart Corner
  • InternetNZ and Vocus slam Sky’s anti-piracy moves

    InternetNZ has joined Vocus is its criticism of legal action by Sky TV aimed at forcing New Zealand’s largest ISPs to block access to web sites hosting pirated content

    01 Dec. 17 09:34 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark acquires Digital Island

    Spark is buying Digital Island, which describes itself as a specialist telco providing a complete bundle of services to businesses and not for profits with, typically, five to 500 seats.

    09 Nov. 17 16:01 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone to shift PSTN customers to VoIP

    Vodafone will shift its consumer customers with fixed network phone services to VoIP services and for business customers is launching what it says is a refreshed voice calling and internet service designed to future-proof their communications in a simple, all in-one-bundle

    06 Nov. 17 20:32 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark MD sees the future, and it’s wireless

    Spark MD Simon Moutter has commited the telco to a wireless future and foreshadowed significant consolidation in the fixed broadband retail market, citing low margins on the wholesale price fixed broadband retailers pay to Chorus another fixed network owners.

    03 Nov. 17 16:22 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Lack of phone support spares many from MCED’s midnight messages

    Three SMS emergency text broadcast messages accidentally sent by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management to thousands of Vodafone customers at 1:30 am on 4 October could have disturbed the slumbers of many more, had their phones been capable of receiving messages from the system, which is scheduled to go live by the end of the year.

    04 Oct. 17 10:41 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark brings Nokia cellphones back to NZ

    Nokia branded mobile phones have re-appeared in New Zealand via Spark. The company and its retail channel partners will be the exclusive retailers of the Android based Nokia 8, Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, starting this week.

    03 Oct. 17 10:16 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 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
  • Vodafone gives up on email

    Vodafone has announced that it is shutting down its consumer email services

    11 Sept. 17 09:26 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
  • Vodafone sharpens focus on Chinese community

    Vodafone is ramping up its marketing to New Zealand’s Chinese community, appointing Chinese language digital marketing agency, United Media Solution (UMS) to manage its Chinese language digital marketing account.

    21 Aug. 17 10:40 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Four telcos cop Commerce Commission warning letters

    MyRepublic, 2Degrees, Spark and Vodafone have all copped letters from the Commerce Commission warning them it believes they have breached the Fair Trading Act.

    15 Aug. 17 16:43 Written by Stuart Corner