Minister announces draft white space licencing rules

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced draft licencing rules for the use of television white space devices in New Zealand. Read more »

The killer blow to your desk phone

Press Release – Bridgepoint

The humble desk phone has clearly seen a serious drop in use over the last few years. But realistically can your smartphone ever be a full replacement? Read more »

Spark New Zealand selects OTT platform provider, Xstream

Press Release – Spark

Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ), a New Zealand- wide communications and internet service provider, has selected Xstreams award winning professional video management platform, Xstream MediaMaker, for delivery of their new OTT video service, … Read more »

Australian Webpages download quicker in NZ

Press Release – TrueNet

TrueNet tests show that New Zealand’s investment in Fibre to the Node (FTTN) from 2007 to 2011 improved the performance of our telephone line broadband, which is now significantly better than comparable Australian networks. Read more »

Outsourcing out, Collaboration in

Press Release – India New Zealand Business Council

Kiwi companies have been called to scale-up in collaboration with the services of Indian ICT companies. That was the mantra that a visiting Indian delegation of IT companies from India shared with local businesses. Read more »

Spark customers offered special deal on Lightbox

Press Release – Spark

Spark home broadband customers who sign up to the new Internet TV service Lightbox will receive six months at half price1, Spark announced today. The offer is in addition to the 30 days free that all Lightbox customers are entitled to. Read more »

Spark Digital scoops Frost & Sullivan awards trifecta

Press Release – Spark Digital

Auckland, 28 August 2014 Spark Digital has scooped three awards at Frost & Sullivans inaugural New Zealand Excellence Awards. Read more »

More evidence GCSB sharing New Zealanders’ data

Press Release – Green Party

New evidence shows that the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) is almost certainly sharing metadata with the US spy agency NSA, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Spark brings high speed mobile broadband to rural NZ

Press Release – Spark NZ

Spark New Zealand announced today that it has begun its rollout of 4G services on the recently acquired 700MHz spectrum in the Waikato, enabling 12 sites with 4G in the region. Read more »

Commission seeks feedback on proposed changes

Press Release – Commerce Commission

As part of a review of how it monitors telecommunications markets, the Commerce Commission is currently seeking feedback on the information it proposes to collect and report on in relation to mobile telecommunications markets. Read more »

TeamTalk posts full-year loss on Farmside charge

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 27 (BusinessDesk) – TeamTalk, the listed telecommunications company, posted a full-year loss after writing down goodwill on its Farmside rural unit, a charge that required the cooperation of its lender to avoid a covenant breach. Read more »

Snakk Media lifts 1Q sales, mulls ASX listing

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 27 (BusinessDesk) – Snakk Media, which matches advertisers with mobile users, said first quarter sales rose 67 percent and it continues to pursue an ASX listing. Read more »

RealMe wins international internet award

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne is delighted the digital identity service RealMe last night won an international internet award saying it shows how highly the government service is rated. Read more »

Silence your mother’s calls at your peril

Press Release – Mosh Social Media

Don’t ignore your mother. Particularly when your mother is Sharon Standifird. She’s no slouch on setting her mind to something having served in the Gulf War and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. That should have been a bit of a heads up to son Bradley who, … Read more »

$150 million boost for Rural Broadband Initiative

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

Nationals Communications and Information Technology spokeswoman, Amy Adams, today announced a re-elected National-led Government will establish a new $150 million fund to extend the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI). Read more »

Orcon unlocks the internet with launch of Global Mode

Press Release – Orcon

Survey results suggest broadcast TV is dying, with an overwhelming preference to stream online content. Orcon responds with Global Mode and low cost 100Mb/s UFB plans Read more »

All Blacks score not the only figure to soar at Eden Park

Press Release – Spark NZ

New statistics from Spark New Zealand show mobile data use soared during the Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday night. An increase in mobile data usage of 110-percent was seen in comparison with an All Blacks versus South Africa test match that took place … Read more »

BNZ app delivers another NZ first

Press Release – BNZ

Vodafone and 2degrees customers will find that staying connected is about to become even easier, and most importantly; instant. The latest capability added to BNZs award-winning mobile banking app will enable customers to instantly add credit to … Read more »

UPDATE: Chorus reins in rollout costs ahead of price finding

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 25 (BusinessDesk) – Chorus, the telecommunications network operator, managed to rein in the costs of its ultra-fast broadband rollout last year but its outlook for earnings hangs on the regulator’s final position on pricing of copper line network … Read more »

Chorus full-year profit drops 14% as sales, connections slip

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 25 (BusinessDesk) – Chorus, the telecommunications network operator facing regulated price cuts in December, posted a 14 percent drop in full-year profit that met market expectations on static sales and a marginal decline in fixed-line connections. Read more »

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