Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Vodafone NZ to deploy narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) network

    Vodafone NZ has announced plans to upgrade its mobile network to support NB-IoT, a recently standardised variant of cellular technology designed to enable mobile networks to support IoT applications.

    04 July 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Fixed broadband: “Nothing more than backhaul” for consumers and SMEs, says Spark CEO

    Spark held an investor update today 30 June, bombarding shareholders with around 120 slides detailing the market forces and trends underpinning its thinking for the next phase of transformation, its game-plans for competing, its approach to network investment and the impact of these on its longer-term financial and organisational aspirations.

    03 July 17 10:20 Written by Stuart Corner
  • IoT Alliance report calls on Government to ‘catalyse’ IoT uptake

    The New Zealand IoT Alliance has released a study into IoT in New Zealand saying the application of IoT could bring benefits worth billions of dollars to the New Zealand Economy and that the Government should take a lead role as the catalyst for change.

    03 July 17 10:05 Written by Stuart Corner
  • The 5 biggest challenges faced by remote startups

    ​Getting your business off the ground is expensive. According to a study conducted by the Kauffmann Foundation, startup costs average around $30,000. If you’re looking to significantly decrease your operating costs, you’ve probably already considered going remote.

    27 June 17 10:00 Written by Ellie Martin
  • Sky and Vodafone abandon merger plans

    ​Sky Network Television and Vodafone Group have abandoned their plan to merge Sky with Vodafone New Zealand.

    27 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 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
  • Telecoms market downturn pushes Rakon deeper into the red

    NZX listed electronics manufacturer Rakon has reported an after tax loss for FY2017 of $13.6m compared to a loss of $1.6m for FY2016 following a 16 percent drop in revenues to $94.7m.

    23 June 17 11:01 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wholesale broadband price cuts passed on to consumers

    ​The Commerce Commission has released a study that shows 90 percent of the recent reductions in Chorus’ regulated wholesale broadband prices have flowed through to consumers.

    22 June 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark to take ownership of all 26 retail stores

    ​Spark has revealed plans to take ownership of all 26 Spark consumer stores from dealer partners, saying the move will enable it to showcase its digital experience offerings in an interactive retail environment.

    20 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark taps Nokia for core network upgrade

    Spark is to upgrade its core infrastructure under a three-year strategic partnership with Nokia that will include the supply by Nokia of its 7250 Interconnect Router R6 (IXR-R6) to “address capacity and embrace architectural evolution on the path to 5G, ultra-broadband and IoT,” according to Nokia.

    15 June 17 07:00 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
  • Telecomms commissioner Gale re-appointed

    Dr Stephen Gale has been re-appointed telecommunications commissioner and a member of the Commerce Commission for a further three years when his current term ends on 11 July.

    09 June 17 09:10 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
  • NZ Health IT CEO backs Ministry for the Future proposal

    ​The CEO of NZ Health IT (NZHIT) Scott Arrol has added his voice to the IT industry’s call for the creation of a Ministry for the Future, saying the nation has little time to adapt and stay up with the fast-changing tech world.

    02 June 17 09:30 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
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