Unified Communications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Chorus commissions review of broadband subcontractors

    Chorus has commissioned an independent review of the employment practices of subcontractors rolling out its broadband network, following an investigation by the Labour Inspectorate that found almost all of them to be breaching employment standards.

    10 Oct. 18 11:01 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
  • Slack snaps up Atlassian’s Stride and Hipchat Cloud IP

    ​Slack has acquired the intellectual property for Atlassian’s Stride and Hipchat Cloud, which will be discontinued, as part of a partnership between the companies announced today.

    27 July 18 13:48 Written by George Nott
  • Google launches Slack competitor Hangouts Chat

    Google released an update to its internet chat tool Hangouts on Wednesday, aiming to make it suitable in workplaces so the Alphabet unit can compete with business software makers including Microsoft and Slack.

    01 March 18 09:49 Written by Reuters
  • Vivid Solutions videoconferencing added to TaaS panel

    A videoconferencing service born out of the need for paediatricians at Auckland’s Starship Hospital to conduct video consultations with their patients throughout New Zealand has made it onto the government’s Telecommunications-as-a-Service (TaaS) pane.

    16 Feb. 18 09:53 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Apple removes Skype from app store in China

    Apple has confirmed it has removed several apps including Skype from its app store in China after the country's government pointed to violations of local laws.

    22 Nov. 17 09:38 Written by Reuters
  • Pyrios and UC Logiq join forces to tap Skype for Business market

    Auckland based unified communications specialist Pyrios has formed an alliance with Microsoft integrator UC Logiq — also based in Auckland — to offer Microsoft Skype for Business services on both sides of the Tasman, and Pyrios has also bought a 30 percent stake in UC Logiq.

    21 Nov. 17 16:32 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Virsae verifies voice on UC systems, finds 99 percent good

    Auckland based Virsae, the provider of a cloud-based service for the monitoring and management of unified communications systems, has pronounced their overall performance of voice calls as excellent after monitoring 257 million calls over a four week period.

    20 Nov. 17 10:25 Written by Stuart Corner
  • SSP migrates NZ customers to Interactive’s Aus data centre

    ​SSP, a global provider of cloud-based back office systems for the insurance industry has announced completion of the migration of its New Zealand broker customers to Australian provider Interactive. The move follows a failure in SSP’s own UK data centre that took SSP’s New Zealand customers, and others off the air for up two weeks.

    04 July 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 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
  • Identity theft and card fraught top Kiwis’ security concerns

    ​Unisys has released the latest edition of the Unisys Security Index saying, perhaps unsurprisingly, that New Zealanders’ concern about security issues is the highest it has been since the index was initiated in 2006.

    30 June 17 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TVNZ to live stream free-to-air channels

    TVNZ has started live streaming its free-to-air channels along with its Duke on-demand service via a revamped tvnz.co.nz web site, and has promised to make the service available on Apple TV and on Google’s Chromecast.

    29 June 17 05:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Eden Park to get 100 Samsung screens under five-year partnership

    Samsung New Zealand has become the official consumer electronics partner for Eden Park stadium under a five-year agreement and will, initially, provide more than 100 screens of LED signage in the East and West stands.

    28 June 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
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