Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Spark to add WiFi to Westpac Stadium

    ​Spark has become the official technology partner of Wellington’s Westpac Stadium and will install a high density WiFi network throughout the stadium in partnership with technology supplier, Huawei to improve mobile communications for visitors and to support a network of display screens for advertising and information.

    21 April 17 09:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone seeks to support promising startups with xone

    Vodafone has launched its second xone accelerator programme offering funding packages worth $150,000 that include cash, office space, workshops, events, and network access to the 10 startups selected to join the programme.

    20 April 17 09:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark to scrap PSTN, replace with IP network

    Spark has unveiled a five-year plan to scrap its aging circuit-switched public telephone network and replace it with IP technology.

    19 April 17 10:54 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Ultrafast Fibre moves IT into Dimension Data’s cloud

    Ultrafast Fibre, which owns and operates the Ultrafast Broadband network in Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, has chosen Dimension Data’s managed cloud facility in Hamilton to host all its data and applications.

    19 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Power companies empowered to install broadband fibre on rural properties

    ​Labour and other Opposition parties are claiming credit for new legislation that they say could accelerate the deployment of broadband fibre in rural areas and is “a game changer to enable immediate regional development opportunities for all of rural New Zealand.”

    13 April 17 09:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark and Skinny counter 2degrees with limited Freedom

    Spark has been quick to respond to 2degrees’ 3 April announcement of its ‘unlimited’ mobile plans, by launching simultaneously under its Spark and Skinny brands mobile plans that “allow customers to use their mobiles without restriction by providing data without a cap, unlimited voice calling and unlimited texting.”

    11 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 2degrees offers mobile data by the minute, or the hour

    ​2degrees has launched a new data option, Data Clock, for its prepaid mobile customers that enables them to purchase data for a predetermined time rather than by volume, using technology from Finnish company Comptel.

    10 April 17 10:31 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Dunedin proves its ‘Gigatown’ status with triple-speed broadband

    ​According to data from Chorus, Dunedin – which in 2013 became New Zealand’s first Gigatown – is well ahead of the rest of the country in broadband speeds with an average bandwidth of 196Mbps, more than three times that of the next fastest centre.

    10 April 17 09:14 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Aird Towers seeks RBI-2 funding for operator-agnostic tower network

    Christchurch and Brisbane based tower leasing company, Aird Towers, has submitted a proposal to Crown Fibre Holdings for the expansion of broadband and mobile coverage throughout New Zealand under the RBI-2 and mobile black spots programmes.

    07 April 17 12:43 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark launches cloud contact centre on AWS

    Spark has launched a cloud contact centre service from Genesys that combines inbound and outbound calling, email, web chat, social media and fax and that enables a single view of customer interactions across all these channels.

    06 April 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Study finds fibre to schools lifts student performance

    ​A study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, sponsored by Huawei, claims to have shown that fibre broadband services to schools boosts academic achievement by about one percentage point.

    05 April 17 14:31 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark Sticks to $22.7m for TeamTalk, But Lowers Acceptance Threshold

    Spark New Zealand has said its 80 cent per share offer for TeamTalk valuing the company at $22.7m, announced in February, is “full and final” but it has waived the condition requiring 90 percent shareholder acceptance. The offer will how become unconditional if shareholder acceptance exceeds 50 percent.

    04 April 17 09:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone, Spark and 2Degrees Join Forces to Boost Rural Communications

    ​Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees have made a submission to the Government proposing to use the recently announced Rural Broadband Initiative Extension (RBI2) and Mobile Black Spot Fund to improve rural broadband and mobile infrastructure.

    04 April 17 09:32 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Huawei founder and CEO pledges increased investment in NZ

    The founder and CEO of Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, has met with prime minister Bill English promising to make investments in New Zealand that will cover local procurement, R&D, and cloud computing infrastructure.

    23 March 17 10:31 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Commerce Commission tightens Chorus’ UBA congestion limits

    The Commerce Commission has released the final decision in its review of the non-price features of Chorus’ Unbundled Bitstream Access (UBA) service, imposing tighter congestion reporting requirements than those envisaged in its draft decision.

    15 March 17 09:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Nokia to manage Chorus’s network for three more years

    Nokia has renewed for a further three years a managed services agreement with Chorus signed in 2014 with Alcatel-Lucent, since acquired by Nokia. The new contract means that Nokia retains its role as the sole managed services provider to Chorus.

    09 March 17 15:27 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone woos once-working women

    Vodafone has launched a global recruitment programme, ReConnect, that it says is designed to attract talented women who have left the workplace for an extended period and would like to return to work on a full-time or flexible basis.

    08 March 17 11:09 Written by Stuart Corner