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.
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Spark is to upgrade its core infrastructure under a three-year strategic partnership with Nokia that will include the supply by Nokia of its 7250 Interconnect Router R6 (IXR-R6) to “address capacity and embrace architectural evolution on the path to 5G, ultra-broadband and IoT,” according to Nokia.
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.”
According to data from Chorus, Dunedin – which in 2013 became New Zealand’s first Gigatown – is well ahead of the rest of the country in broadband speeds with an average bandwidth of 196Mbps, more than three times that of the next fastest centre.
A study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, sponsored by Huawei, claims to have shown that fibre broadband services to schools boosts academic achievement by about one percentage point.
Industry expert Brendan Ritchie, CEO, DTS provides his road to survival for small fibre providers in New Zealand...
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