Unified Communications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Pushpay on track for ACMR target

    ​New Zealand Stock Exchange listed mobile payments company, Pushpay — whose main business is facilitating donations to churches in the US via a mobile app — has reported increased losses for the year to 31 March but says its focus is to continue to invest to grow the business.

    23 May 17 06:00 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
  • Southern Cross signs seven customers for NEXT cable

    Southern Cross Southern Cross Cable Network says seven organisations have now signed letters of intent to use its planned Southern Cross NEXT trans Pacific cable. It says these include “three major Australasian carriers and four Pacific islands,” adding: “ Discussions with several other customers showing strong interest are also in progress.”

    18 May 17 06:00 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
  • Spark completes email migration from Yahoo to SMX

    Spark says it has completed the migration of its Xtra email service from Yahoo to New Zealand-owned email platform provider SMX, announced in September 2016 and now has more than 800,000 Xtra email accounts running on the new email platform.

    15 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • James Pascoe switches SAP support to Rimini Street

    ​New Zealand retailer James Pascoe Group has switched to Rimini Street support for SAP ERP applications used by its eight retail brands in New Zealand and Australia.

    10 May 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Horowhenua council streamlines land information delivery with Civica

    The district council for the North Island community of Horowhenua has implemented Authority 7 the latest version of the Authority local government management software from UK company Civica, reducing the time taken to deliver its land information memorandum (LIM) report from 10 days to, on average, half a day.

    10 May 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Unruly & VeNA team to help advertisers beat ad blockers

    UK based video advertising technology company, Unruly, and the Video Entertainment Network Asia (VeNA) have teamed up to help advertisers produce adverts with sufficient appeal to persuade consumers to turn off ad blockers that are becoming increasingly popular, especially in New Zealand.

    04 May 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Serko teams up with HRS for corporate hotel bookings

    ​NZ Stock Exchange listed online travel booking and expense management company Serko (NZX: SKO) has formed a strategic partnership with HRS Global Hotel Solutions, an online hotel booking services designed for global enterprises, with a claimed 40,000 corporate customers.

    03 May 17 13:16 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
  • Wearable wearers beware: you are a prime target market

    ​Market research firm Nielsen Consumer and Media Insights says usage of wearable devices is rising exponentially in New Zealand, doubling over the past 12 months to nine percent of the online population over 15 years of age, representing an attractive target market.

    26 April 17 10:30 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
  • vGRID first in NZ to deploy HPE Synergy ‘composable infrastructure’

    ​vGRID, a New Zealand based SaaS and IaaS provider focussed on the small to medium business market, has moved from its datacentre at Waikato Innovation Park into Datacom’s Kapua data centre and has become the first company in New Zealand to deploy HPE’s Synergy product, claimed by HPE to embody a new architecture that it calls ‘composable infrastructure’.

    12 April 17 07:00 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
  • 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
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