Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Hawaiki cable comes into service

    The US$300 million, 15,000km Hawaiki submarine cable linking Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and United States has gone into commercial service after a 27 month construction by TE SubCom.

    20 July 18 13:20 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus UFB connections surge

    Chorus has reported a 45 per cent increase in the number of fibre broadband connections in the three months to 30 June, taking the total to 433,000, exceeding the number of ADSL connections for the first time.

    17 July 18 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark progresses PSTN to IP upgrade with IP multimedia subsystem

    Spark says it has completed the first major milestone in its plan to convert its circuit-switched public telephone network into an IP based network, dubbed the ‘Converged Communications Network’ (CCN), by switching on an IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) provided by Ericsson.

    10 July 18 09:46 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Russia's data retention scheme hits snag

    Russian telecoms operators will have to use foreign technology to comply with a law on storing data, two industry sources with knowledge of the matter said, even though Vladimir Putin told his government to ensure local companies produced the equipment.

    10 July 18 09:25 Written by Reuters
  • Inland Revenue blames IT glitch on telco provider

    Inland Revenue says it has resolved problems with its GST processing system. It blamed the issue on a network load balancer at its telecommunications provider. The problem was fixed quickly by the telco, IR said.

    28 June 18 14:48 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Huawei pushes back against possible Australian 5G ban

    Australia will be left behind if the government bans the nation’s telcos from using 5G equipment supplied by Huawei, the chairperson of the Chinese company’s local subsidiary has warned.

    27 June 18 14:57 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Spark claims success with copper broadband migration campaign

    Spark claims its campaign to shift customers from copper broadband services onto fibre or fixed wireless is paying off, with 50 percent of its total broadband customer base now on fibre (34 percent) or wireless (16 percent), delivered using is cellular network.

    22 June 18 10:50 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone CEO Russell Stanners resigns

    Vodafone NZ CEO Russell Stanners will resign at the end of October after 13 years heading the company. He will be replaced by former Spark executive Jason Paris, currently Vodafone’s UK based director for convergence acceleration, Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific (AMAP) Region.

    13 June 18 10:52 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Trump administration throws ZTE a lifeline

    China’s No. 2 telecommunications equipment maker ZTE has secured a lifeline from the Trump administration after agreeing to pay a US$1 billion fine and overhaul leadership in a deal that will lift a ban on its doing business with U.S. suppliers.

    08 June 18 10:17 Written by Reuters
  • MEF’s grand vision: To rescue telcos from commoditisation

    MEF, formerly the Metro Ethernet Forum is on a mission: To save the world’s telcos from being relegated to providing basic connectivity in every greater volumes without proportionate increases in revenues, according to its senior vice president Dan Pitt.

    08 June 18 10:12 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Aussie mobile service provider Kogan coming to NZ

    Australian Securities Exchange listed online retailer and mobile virtual network operator (ASX: KGN) will offer telecommunications services in New Zealand under an agreement with Vodafone.

    04 June 18 13:25 Written by Stuart Corner
  • ComCom appoints UK provider to monitor NZ broadband

    The Commerce Commission is re-launching its broadband monitoring programme with a new overseas supplier and is looking for 3000 New Zealand households to take part.

    31 May 18 12:26 Written by Sarah Putt
  • Full speed ahead for NZ’s rural broadband rollout

    The schedule for completing New Zealand's rural broadband programmes has been brought forward a year, and is now due for completion in 2021, communications minister Clare Curran has announced.

    29 May 18 10:05 Written by Sarah Putt
  • Trump raises idea of ZTE fine, management shakeup

    ​U.S. President Donald Trump has floated a plan to fine ZTE and shake up its management as his administration considers rolling back more severe penalties that have crippled the Chinese telecommunications company.

    23 May 18 10:27 Written by Reuters
  • Future of emergency comms in the spotlight

    Emergency communications workers from Australia and New Zealand will gather in Christchurch later this week to discuss innovation in public safety communications, at the National Emergency Communications Working Group – Australia/New Zealand’s (NECWG) annual Industry Engagement Forum.

    21 May 18 13:06 Written by Stuart Corner