Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • From Iron Dome to IoT: mPrest’s vision for Vector partnership

    The technology behind Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system might seem far removed from monitoring power networks in New Zealand but mPrest Systems, the Israeli company whose software underpins Iron Dome, is the same one that last month formed a partnership with energy and communications network operator Vector, and its cofounder and CEO, Natan Barak has high expectations for the partnership.

    01 June 17 12:03 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Gigamon offers visibility into Amazon Web Services for NZ Enterprises

    ​Gigamon has announced availability in New Zealand and Australia of the Gigamon Visibility Platform for Amazon Web Services, saying it provides consistent visibility into data in motion across an enterprise: on-premise, remote sites, public cloud, private, and hybrid architectures.

    22 May 17 09:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 2degreess turns in first profit

    2degrees has reported its first profit, for the year ending December 31 2016, saying it doubled the size of its fixed broadband subscriber base during the year, albeit from a small base: it was only the first full year for the service.

    19 May 17 08:44 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Zero Commission woos Spark’s small shareholders

    ​Spark has become the latest company to have its shareholders targeted by Zero Commission, a company that describes itself as “the New Zealand leader in genuine offers to small shareholders.”

    16 May 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone creates airborne cell site for search and rescue

    ​Vodafone in conjunction with Police Search and Rescue (SAR) has developed a mobile cell site that can be fitted into a helicopter enabling rescuers to communicate with people on the ground via their cellphones in areas where there is no mobile network coverage.

    16 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Minister trumpets UFB progress

    Communications minister Simon Bridges has announced release of the March 2017 Quarterly Broadband Update saying it shows the number of households, business, schools and hospitals connected to UFB has increased 12 percent in the past three months to almost 4000,000 and that deployment for phase one of the UFB programme is almost three-quarters complete, providing 1,103,000 households and businesses with access to download speeds of close to 1Gbps.

    12 May 17 08:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • REANNZ capacity boosted to 20Gbps

    Research and education network operator, REANNZ, says it has completed a network upgrade to 20Gbps of bandwidth along the length of the country, from Auckland to Dunedin – doubling network capacity for its members.

    05 May 17 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Sky Vodafone merger OKed, as an overseas investment

    The Overseas Investment Office has granted its consent to the merger of SKY Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand. However, there is no suggestion, despite at least one press report to the contrary, that this decision will override the Commerce Commission’s rejection, in February of the deal on the basis that it would be anti-competitive.

    01 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 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
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