Unified Communications News, Features, and Interviews

  • 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
  • Internet Party to live stream its inner workings

    ​The Internet Party, which announced in May that it would be contesting seats in the September 23rd general election, plans to live stream activity in its campaign office in the run-up to the election.

    28 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • The 5 biggest challenges faced by remote startups

    ​Getting your business off the ground is expensive. According to a study conducted by the Kauffmann Foundation, startup costs average around $30,000. If you’re looking to significantly decrease your operating costs, you’ve probably already considered going remote.

    27 June 17 10:00 Written by Ellie Martin
  • Sky and Vodafone abandon merger plans

    ​Sky Network Television and Vodafone Group have abandoned their plan to merge Sky with Vodafone New Zealand.

    27 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government funding to boost Canterbury broadband and agriculture

    The government is to provide $1.6 million funding to the Canterbury region to support a goal of having 95 percent of farmers in the region connected to broadband services and to boost the value of agricultural production in the region.

    26 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Telecoms market downturn pushes Rakon deeper into the red

    NZX listed electronics manufacturer Rakon has reported an after tax loss for FY2017 of $13.6m compared to a loss of $1.6m for FY2016 following a 16 percent drop in revenues to $94.7m.

    23 June 17 11:01 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wholesale broadband price cuts passed on to consumers

    ​The Commerce Commission has released a study that shows 90 percent of the recent reductions in Chorus’ regulated wholesale broadband prices have flowed through to consumers.

    22 June 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • New Zealanders want access to online health records, from Government

    ​A survey of New Zealanders undertaken by global consultancy Accenture suggests strong support for the development of an electronic health record system operated by the Government that would enable individuals to see all information in their medical records.

    22 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ ICT company uncovers Microsoft browser vulnerabilities

    Wellington-based ICT security company, Security-Assessment.com — owned by Dimension Data — says it uncovered vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers for which Microsoft issued patches in May.

    21 June 17 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark to take ownership of all 26 retail stores

    ​Spark has revealed plans to take ownership of all 26 Spark consumer stores from dealer partners, saying the move will enable it to showcase its digital experience offerings in an interactive retail environment.

    20 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Jade Software getting closer to profitability

    ​Christchurch based Jade Software has reported a 24 percent rise in revenues for 2016, after reporting zero revenue growth in 2015. It cut net loss before tax to $0.6m after reporting a loss of $3.2m in 2015.

    19 June 17 09:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • HawkEye to help farmers farm smarter

    Farmer-owned co-operative Ravensdown has introduced a set of online benchmarking and forecasting tools that it says will help farmers make smarter nutrient decisions by showing planned versus actual nutrient investments over time.

    19 June 17 09:21 Written by Stuart Corner
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