Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Government cuts price of Chorus 100/20Mbps UFB wholesale service

    The Government has released its Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) to the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill, setting a reduced price cap for Chorus' most commonly used wholesale broadband product, the 100/20Mbps UFB service.

    25 Oct. 18 13:32 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus boost broadband bandwidth with VDSL2 vectoring

    Nokia says Chorus has deployed Nokia VDSL2 vectoring technology in its copper broadband access network enabling it to provide broadband speeds up to 130Mbps to residential and business customers.

    15 Oct. 18 09:08 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TeamTalk network rollouts and profit on track

    NZX listed telco TeamTalk (NZX: TTK) is forecasting net surplus after tax for the year to 30 June 2019 to be broadly in line with last year’s result of $4.4 million, saying rollout of its digital radio network is on track and that subsidiary, CityLink will start undergrounding and improving its fibre network in the Wellington CBD later this year.

    11 Oct. 18 10:06 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Survey highlights high cost of old broadband contracts

    Comparison service NZ Compare says its survey of New Zealand broadband users suggests over a third of Kiwis have been with their current broadband provider for over three years and could be paying up to $400 above current rates, because the price and quality of broadband connections have changed extensively.

    21 Sept. 18 09:57 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Subsea cable to land at Sunshine Coast

    The Sunshine Coast will be home to a landing station for the under-construction Japan-Guam-Australia South (JGA-S) subsea cable, the Queensland region’s council announced today.

    07 Sept. 18 10:14 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Mobile roaming to stay, for now, says Commerce Commission

    The Commerce Commission has decreed that regulations requiring the three mobile network operators to provide wholesale access to their networks for a period of time to any new mobile network operator should remain in place.

    05 Sept. 18 08:59 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Broadband competition and IPO plans drag down Vodafone profits

    Vodafone NZ has reported a 16 percent decline, to $39.0m, in net profit for the 12 months to 30 June, blaming the slide on declining broadband profitability in a highly competitive market and planning for an initial public offering that was put on hold.

    05 Sept. 18 08:51 Written by Stuart Corner
  • A poke in the Five Eyes from InternetNZ

    InternetNZ has taken issue with the recommendations that emerged from last week’s meeting between representatives of the so-called ‘Five Eyes’ countries.

    03 Sept. 18 09:40 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Commerce Commission raises issues with mobile competition

    The Commerce Commission has raised concerns about competition in the mobile market in New Zealand, in particular the mobile virtual network operator market and the potential impact of 5G.

    31 Aug. 18 10:51 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Chorus reports 24 percent profit dip, envisages IoT role

    Chorus has report a net profit after tax $85m for the year to 30 June, down 25 percent from FY17 NPAT of $113m. EBITDA, however, was up slightly to $653m from $652m), but operating revenue down 4.8 percent from $1,040m to $990m.

    27 Aug. 18 10:29 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TeamTalk profit down 17 percent

    TeamTalk’s profitability ensures reinvestment into infrastructure remains on track: Profit after tax $4.4m, down 17 percent from $5.3m last year. Revenue was up marginally from $34.0m to $34.2m and EBITDA up 4.7 percent to $12.1m.

    23 Aug. 18 11:37 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone cops Commerce Commission court action

    The Commerce Commission has taken Vodafone to court alleging that it billed customers for an extra month after they had cancelled their mobile contracts.

    23 Aug. 18 11:33 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark’s growth market success offset by declines in legacy service

    Spark has posted overall revenue growth of just one percent for FY18 after declines in revenue from legacy voice, managed data and networks revenues largely offset growth in revenue from mobile (up 6.9 percent) and in cloud, security and service management (up 15.1 percent).

    22 Aug. 18 15:43 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark calls for government 5G action

    Spark has published a briefing paper setting out its plans for 5G services, and criticising the government for what it says is policy inertia on 5G.

    10 Aug. 18 09:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Nokia and T-Mobile strike US$3.5 billion 5G deal

    T-Mobile US says Nokia will supply it with US$3.5 billion in next-generation 5G network gear, marking the world's largest 5G deal so far and concrete evidence of a new wireless upgrade cycle taking root.

    31 July 18 09:51 Written by Reuters
  • Four common misconceptions about data in the Public Cloud

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