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2degrees to close 2G network

2degrees to close 2G network

2degrees says it will close its 2G mobile network in March 2018.

Vodafone Change Accelerator

Vodafone Change Accelerator

The Vodafone Foundation has picked five organisations to take part in its Change Accelerator programme. The programme aims to help excluded and dis...

Vodafone email shutdown angst

Vodafone email shutdown angst

Last Friday Vodafone said it would close its email service. The service is still used by more than 200,000 customers.

Vodafone world first 400Gbps fibre upgrade

Vodafone world first 400Gbps fibre upgrade

Vodafone says its new 400Gbps per wavelength optical system is a world first. The company worked with CIena to build the system to carry live traff...

Telcos named, shamed in ComCom consumer report

Telcos named, shamed in ComCom consumer report

There was slap on the wrist for Vodafone and Spark in The Commerce Commission's annual consumer issues report. For the second year in a row the tel...

2degrees, Spark play mobile data leapfrog

2degrees, Spark play mobile data leapfrog

2degrees sweetened its mobile data plans for a second time in a fortnight after Spark responded to its earlier move. On Monday, 2degrees announced ...

Fast broadband for everyone as RBI, UFB get cash injection

Fast broadband for everyone as RBI, UFB get cash injection

There was a surprise bonus when Prime Minister Bill English joined Communications Minister Simon Bridges to announce the RBI2 contracts on Wednesda...

Spark’s Paris warns small business not online as Amazon looms

Spark’s Paris warns small business not online as Amazon looms

Jason Paris, who heads Spark's Home, Mobile and Business division says New Zealand small businesses are not adapting fast enough to the online world.

Chorus annual profit climbs 24%

Chorus annual profit climbs 24%

Chorus reported an annual profit up 24 percent on the year earlier. Net profit climbed to $113 million up from $91 million in 2016. Revenue grew th...

New Zealanders top for buying online services

New Zealanders top for buying online services

Analyst firm IDC says New Zealanders are now among the world’s keenest buyers of paid online services. Some 22 percent of consumers here say servic...

Faster UFB connections as consent rules change

Faster UFB connections as consent rules change

Utilities Disputes Limited will manage disputes when people living in shared driveways or apartment buildings want access to new networks like the ...

Thousands of rural New Zealanders to get VDSL after Chorus upgrade

Thousands of rural New Zealanders to get VDSL after Chorus upgrade

Chorus spent $7 million upgrading 125 rural cabinets to VDSL technology. The company says this could mean improved broadband for 10,000 rural custo...

Commerce Commission warns telcos

Commerce Commission warns telcos

This week the Commerce Commission delivered on last month’s promise to deal with dubious practices in the telecommunications sector. It sent warnin...

Southern Cross Next cable takes the fast route to the USA

Southern Cross Next cable takes the fast route to the USA

Southern Cross says its recent seabed survey found a faster route for its Next cable project which will connect Auckland and Sydney to Los Angeles.

Telecommunications Act gets an update

Telecommunications Act gets an update

Earlier this week Communications Minister Simon Bridges introduced The Telecommunications Amendment Bill to Parliament. The bill sets out to update...

Chorus backhaul starts with 2degrees

Chorus backhaul starts with 2degrees

2degrees has signed a multi-year backhaul contract with Chorus. The deal replaces a mix of services from providers including Spark and Vocus.

Mobile market to face Commerce Commission probe next year

Mobile market to face Commerce Commission probe next year

Communications Minister Simon Bridges wants the Commerce Commission to investigate the mobile market. 

Crown Fibre Holdings now government infrastructure vehicle

Crown Fibre Holdings now government infrastructure vehicle

The Crown Fibre Holdings model used to build New Zealand's fibre network is being extended to give councils a way to build other essential infrastr...

New Zealanders naïve on wi-fi safety: Symantec

New Zealanders naïve on wi-fi safety: Symantec

Two-out-of-three New Zealanders think their personal data is safe when they use public wi-fi hotspots. Roughly the same number use hotspots regardl...

Fibre build good for rural health professionals

Fibre build good for rural health professionals

Health is one area where rural broadband can change lives, even save lives. Broadband gives health professionals and patients fast access to resour...

Internet of Competitive Things

Internet of Competitive Things

You can’t move in this country this week without someone talking about the Internet of Things. Last Thursday Communications Minister Simon Bridges ...

Vodafone adds ten to accelerator programme

Vodafone adds ten to accelerator programme

Ten new start-ups have joined Vodafone's xone accelerator programme. Xone is a six-month accelerator programme that runs out of Vodafone's South Is...

Sky, Vodafone no longer an item, just good friends

Sky, Vodafone no longer an item, just good friends

Sky and Vodafone have formally abandoned plans to merge.  The two issued a terse statement making this clear to the New Zealand Stock Exchange on M...

TVNZ to livestream all programmes

TVNZ to livestream all programmes

Television New Zealand has bowed to the inevitable. From Monday, the state-owned broadcaster will livestream channels 1 and 2.

Spark gives Queenstown nations' fastest mobile network

Spark gives Queenstown nations' fastest mobile network

Spark fired up five cellular towers to give Queenstown the fastest mobile data speeds in the country. The company says users have managed 400Mbps d...

Telcos not banking broadband price cuts

Telcos not banking broadband price cuts

The Commerce Commission says almost all the recent cut in the regulated wholesale broadband price ended up in customers' pockets. 

Fibre build on home stretch

Fibre build on home stretch

Communications Minister Simon Bridges says the first phase of the government's Ultra-Fast Broadband programme is three-quarters complete. The proje...

Early finish for Enable fibre build

Early finish for Enable fibre build

Enable Networks says it expects to finish its fibre build by the end of next year. That's a year ahead of schedule. 

 New Zealand climbs Akamai broadband speed table as fibre uptake soars

New Zealand climbs Akamai broadband speed table as fibre uptake soars

Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report clocks New Zealand’s average connection speed at 14.7Mbps. That’s up from 12.9Mbps in the previous qua...

 Vocus bid means Orcon could have six owners in four years

Vocus bid means Orcon could have six owners in four years

On Tuesday Vocus told the ASX it had a $2.1 billion bid from US private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. According to the Australian F...

Rocket Lab: We have lift-off

Rocket Lab: We have lift-off

Communications Minister Simon Bridges says a successful test launch from the Rocket Lab site on the Mahia Peninsula could signal the start of a New...

Licenced to surf

Licenced to surf

School students can learn the skills needed to stay safe online by taking the Digital Licence interactive online quiz.

Telecommunications Act updated for fibre era

Telecommunications Act updated for fibre era

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has announced the government's reforms to the Telecommunications Act. As expected the changes are in line wit...

Are everday PCs up to gigabit fibre

Are everday PCs up to gigabit fibre

It’s powerful, which means your PC and associated equipment might not be up to the job

Beginner's guide to UFB2

Beginner's guide to UFB2

On January 26, the government said 150 more areas will get Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB)

Driverless Cars

Driverless Cars

Nationwide UFB, a data centre network and 5G driverless cars are a billion-dollar investment

Back to the edge

Back to the edge

In the opening years of this century an online bookseller realised it could make money selling its internally developed virtual server technology t...

Call for truth in broadband advertising

Call for truth in broadband advertising

James Young-Drew, a solicitor with Wigley and Company, says broadband speed transparency is an important legal compliance issue

Is the 5G dream just a fanciful hope?

Is the 5G dream just a fanciful hope?

Wireless carriers and vendors say 5G can oust fibre broadband. Internet consultant Benoît Felten disagrees

Look after your Wi-Fi

Look after your Wi-Fi

You use it much more than you think – and your router is the workhorse it rides on. Yours may need putting out to grass

The battle for value

The battle for value

Consumers are enjoying the best telco services ever for the lowest prices.

Virtual Reality for everyone

Virtual Reality for everyone

The long talked about technology could be on the horizon if the stars align. They are nudging closer

'What's not to like?'

'What's not to like?'

Network for Learning, the free, uncapped, fast schools’ internet service, overdelivers.

Vocus fibre users downloading 430GB a month, one terabyte looms

Vocus fibre users downloading 430GB a month, one terabyte looms

Vocus fibre broadband customers with unlimited data plans download an average of 430GB a month. The average for all fibre customers is 425GB.

2degrees profitable as sales climb

2degrees profitable as sales climb

After seven years in business 2degrees is in the black. The company reports a profit of $13.4 million for the 2016 financial year which ended in De...

Commerce Commission: Broadband, mobile consumers getting better value

Commerce Commission: Broadband, mobile consumers getting better value

Consumers now get better value for money from telecommunications services. That's the headline message in the latest Commerce Commission annual tel...

Everyone gets fast broadband by 2025

Everyone gets fast broadband by 2025

Communications minister Simon Bridges says by 2025 99 percent of New Zealanders will be able to download at 50 megabits per second

Ministry for the Future

Ministry for the Future

Local technology organisations want a Ministry for the Future after this year's election.

Future proof with Batman-style routers

Future proof with Batman-style routers

Here’s the nitty-gritty your grumpy-customer-with-the-slow-router needs to know. Haydn Green describes what the newest routers can do – and what st...

Let the games begin – big time

Let the games begin – big time

Fast broadband is creating a giant new internet arena for online games and superstar gamers. The best show off their fast-twitch skills to million...

No muppets

No muppets

Vocus is our third-biggest telco. It’s little known but it has a big game-plan that sounds eerily like the All Blacks’ game-winning strategy – and ...

Get Ready For 5g Mobile

Get Ready For 5g Mobile

A new generation of cellular technology is on the way. Wireless companies and carriers hope to have the first 5G networks operating by 2020. What c...

Keeping the sharks at bay

Keeping the sharks at bay

New Zealand may soon have four submarine cable options, ensuring a robust connection to the world even if a fascinated shark should nibble through ...

Digital leaders

Digital leaders

Education has always been an important part of Tuanz’s mission. When it was first set up, in the 1980s, the goal was to help people in companies us...

Bye-bye to War  of the Remotes

Bye-bye to War of the Remotes

Chorus nethead Kurt Rodgers is an avid rugby, soccer and cricket fan – with three non-sport-watching youngsters at home. He tells Nikki Mandow how ...

What Australia does better

What Australia does better

Behind the headline politics, Australia’s National Broadband Network is being rolled out to nearly all Australians – wherever they live. It draws o...

Poets and mothers – Chorus’ cabinets celebrate people and art

Poets and mothers – Chorus’ cabinets celebrate people and art

Chorus started a nationwide art project in 2010 that’s seen around 120 street telecommunications cabinets transformed every year since.

Oh, the places you’ll go

Oh, the places you’ll go

When was the last time you surfed the web? How long since you told someone you planned to travel the information superhighway? What about visiting ...

Would you like electricity with that?

Would you like electricity with that?

Tucked into an unexpectedly leafy part of the Auckland suburb of Albany, Megatel’s offices are those of a standard small ISP, with a bit of trendy ...

New Zealand’s need for speed

New Zealand’s need for speed

Rosalie Nelson, head of insights at Chorus, says we are on the cusp of a paradigm shift in how we use the internet in New Zealand. And the exponent...

The connection challenge

The connection challenge

Higher than expected demand, complex installs and plenty of cooks in the kitchen have created some well-publicised issues for consumers wanting fib...

The man keeping the ISPs honest

The man keeping the ISPs honest

New Zealand ISPs have been criticised in the past for low speeds and lack of consistency, but TrueNet's John Butt says it's mostly good news these ...

Smart agriculture is changing the business of farming

Smart agriculture is changing the business of farming

How smartphones, cloud-based software, drones and Ultra-Fast Broadband are creating a productivity gap between the technology haves and have-nots o...

The fourth industrial revolution: agriculture

The fourth industrial revolution: agriculture

Every year, KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda takes a look at the primary sector – what agribusiness leaders are concerned about, and what they need to be...

The invisible genius of agriculture

The invisible genius of agriculture

Five cool technologies transforming the way we farm

The speed demon

The speed demon

Amy Adams has been the Minister for Communications since 2011, a year after the UFB rollout started. Living on a farm in Canterbury, she knows the ...

The faces of modern farming

The faces of modern farming

Canterbury high country farmers Dan and Mandy Shand high speed broadband to run three export-focussed businesses, a sheep and beef farm – and two c...

Taking rescue helicopters  into the cloud

Taking rescue helicopters into the cloud

As more and more critical health and technical information is accessed via the internet, HeliOtago decided it needed a radical broadband transforma...

Virtual clinics save patients’ time

Virtual clinics save patients’ time

Could 2016 be the year when telehealth finally comes of age in New Zealand?

Keeping Kiwi kids well in the cloud

Keeping Kiwi kids well in the cloud

Most people’s mental image of a rural Plunket nurse has a weighing scales and a Plunket book in it. But it probably doesn’t have a tablet and a sma...

Online education:  bringing big city choice to rural schools

Online education: bringing big city choice to rural schools

Imagine you are a year 13 student in a rural area, say Tapanui (between Dunedin and Invercargill) or Kaitaia in the Far North. You want to study ac...

Face the fear or  face the consequences

Face the fear or face the consequences

Connectivity is changing the world of business and no sector is immune to ‘the great disruption’. So, says Frances Valintine, founder of Tech Futur...

The pipes, the pipes are calling

The pipes, the pipes are calling

As the old phrase goes, if you can’t beat ’em, sell ’em high-speed internet access. And that’s what Fairfax Media has decided to do, announcing the...

Let’s give ourselves a pat on the back

Let’s give ourselves a pat on the back

New Zealand is doing well internationally when it comes to uptake of fast internet. Now we need to ensure we make the most of the economic potentia...

Fast connections don’t mean fast computers says international expert

Fast connections don’t mean fast computers says international expert

Brussels-based expert in high-speed fibre broadband Stefaan Vanhastel tells Nikki Mandow what’s holding us back from getting the speed we want.

Is virtual reality set to become the new video on demand?

Is virtual reality set to become the new video on demand?

After 20 years building broadband networks, Kurt Rodgers works in the sweet spot where fibre broadband demand meets supply. Think of it as having a...

The competition for content is heating up

The competition for content is heating up

Kym Niblock believes there is room in the New Zealand market for several streaming video-on-demand services – and she wants Lightbox to be one of t...

Watch and learn: How broadband is changing the classroom

Watch and learn: How broadband is changing the classroom

Students in Becka Nathan's classroom are watching rap, making Dubsmash videos and retelling the three little pigs story, with the wolf as a cyber b...

The world wide web of patients and doctors

The world wide web of patients and doctors

Dr Ben Wheeler is running remote diabetes clinics for rural Otago families, saving them the long trip to Dunedin.

In the business of video

In the business of video

Mike Jenkins is using video (or video in video) for product launches and client updates, so he and his staff don’t have to spend so much time on th...

UFB steps up security in retail

UFB steps up security in retail

Pharmacist Nai Yeat is using high definition security footage to keep him and his staff safe – and protect his stock.

The virtual reality content creator

The virtual reality content creator

Danu Abeysuriya's company Rush Digital is working on a bunch of crazy (and not so crazy) virtual reality projects for a range of clients in New Zea...

Catching up with the rest of the world at high speed

Catching up with the rest of the world at high speed

Last year, the far north settlement of Mitimiti was put “on the grid”, and Auckland-based IT consultant Robyn Kamira (Te Rarawa) talks about it’s r...

What Dunedin is doing with all that speed

What Dunedin is doing with all that speed

In 2014, Dunedin won the Gigatown competition and now City Council CEO Sue Bidrose shares how it’s transformed the city.

The fusion of books and video

The fusion of books and video

For Rhonda Kite, founder of interactive book publisher Kiwa Digital, video is a marketing tool, a learning feature, and a way to add sign language ...

Video, a key ingredient for baking and exporting

Video, a key ingredient for baking and exporting

Video is an important part of a major factory innovation process for Florentines Patisserie, says managing director Greg Knight.

At home with fibre

At home with fibre

Fast internet is changing the way we live.