Unified Communications News, Features, and Interviews

  • 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
  • Spark NIWA and others launch major farm IoT trial

    According to a post on the NZTech blog, Spark is partnering with NIWA, Farmlands, and Ballance Agri-Nutrients to launch an Internet of Things pilot for farmers, starting with about 40 farms in the Matamata-Piako region, with a further 20 farms to be added in the South Island.

    12 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NIWA and NeSI to get three new supercomputers

    New Zealand weather and research bodies are to get three new Cray supercomputers under a six-year $31.7m contract announced today by science and innovation minister Paul Goldsmith.

    09 June 17 09:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Telecomms commissioner Gale re-appointed

    Dr Stephen Gale has been re-appointed telecommunications commissioner and a member of the Commerce Commission for a further three years when his current term ends on 11 July.

    09 June 17 09:10 Written by Stuart Corner
  • PwC flags challenges for media and entertainment companies

    PwC has released its 18th annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017-2021 saying that entertainment and media companies accustomed to competing and creating differentiation through content and distribution must focus more intensely on user experience (UX).

    08 June 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Cyber security biggest barrier to being digital

    IT quality assurance firm, Qual IT has released the results of a survey of New Zealand organisation saying, perhaps not surprisingly, that cyber security is the biggest concern for IT leaders in these organisations as they strive to become digital.

    08 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Workers underestimate ‘robotisation’ of jobs

    New Zealander workers greatly underestimate the extent to which their roles will be replaced by robots, according to a survey undertaken by the Massey Business School and Auckland University of Technology.

    07 June 17 09:47 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Four common misconceptions about data in the Public Cloud

    Microsoft may host the infrastructure for Office 365, but the ownership of your data in the cloud, its access, recoverability and transfer is your company’s obligation, not Microsoft’s.

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