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Switching off the copper network
Posted on 18-Dec-2014 13:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Labour communications spokesperson Clare Curran wants a discussion on the switch-off date for New Zealand’s copper phone network. Her call comes one year to the day after I first wrote about a copper network shutdown. I also wrote about ripping out copper in February 2014. A year ago Ovum’s Australia-based research director David Kennedy said: Tensions in […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand broadband in 2014
Posted on 16-Dec-2014 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Despite profits being elusive for the big players, New Zealand’s broadband market looks in good shape. There are big, largely undifferentiated ISPs and small, focused niche players. Comments (Comments)

Market share distorts thinking: Smartphones
Posted on 13-Dec-2014 08:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Market share figures can look impressive. There are times when market share matters in technology. Other times market share is a red herring. It stops observers from thinking properly. Take Android’s better than 80 percent share of the smartphone market. It sounds good. Yet collectively the brands selling Android phones lose money. While Samsung, the […] Comments (Comments)

Behind the NZ broadband price rise
Posted on 11-Dec-2014 11:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand customers will pay more for broadband services delivered by the copper network. Spark, Vodafone and Callplus all say they will raise prices. Let’s look behind the headlines. The price rises follow last week’s draft decision by the Commerce Commission setting the wholesale price Chorus charges for using its copper-based network. That price is […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft hosting NZ Office 365 in Australia
Posted on 9-Dec-2014 14:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From March 2015 Microsoft will host New Zealand and Australian business customers from Azure datacentres in Sydney and Melbourne. Microsoft’s new Australian Azure datacentres opened in October and will cater for Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online customers. For most New Zealand customers the move has two implications. First, Australia is closer to New Zealand […] Comments (Comments)

Talking telco pricing dilemma on TV3 Firstline
Posted on 3-Dec-2014 16:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Here I am talking with Michael Wilson on TV3 Firstline about what the Commerce Commission draft ruling on copper access prices mean for consumers and telcos. Either ISPs and their shareholders will lose money when selling broadband services or prices will go up. In the short term the intense competition might mean the industry takes most […] Comments (Comments)

Canon NZ: Aiming for world’s worst practice media relations
Posted on 2-Dec-2014 15:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Congratulations Canon New Zealand. Your company has set a new low for appalling public relations. It appears you have tried to do everything possible to stop me from writing about one of your products. A press release arrived about Canon Maxify printers. They look like they would be interesting for readers of my monthly NZ Business […] Comments (Comments)

Chorus copper price ruling
Posted on 2-Dec-2014 12:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If telecommunications network wholesaler Chorus was an English Premier League football club, today’s Commerce Commission revised copper access price ruling would be a nil-all draw. As every football fan knows, grinding out a nil-all draw away from home against a formidable opponent can feel almost as good as a win. It’s the kind of result […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft disrupted
Posted on 1-Dec-2014 16:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple's iPhone wrong-footed the entire tech sector. Microsoft had further to fall than other tech companies. Comments (Comments)

Kia Ora Netflix
Posted on 19-Nov-2014 16:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Netflix will launch in New Zealand in March. The online video service say it will soon begin operation in New Zealand and Australia. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand technology journalism: the twilight years
Posted on 17-Nov-2014 09:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand has a vibrant and flourishing technology sector. Nobody would use those words to describe New Zealand technology journalism. Like a retirement village there are still pockets of life, but things are winding down. You can count the number of full-time technology journalists writing for New Zealand audiences on your fingers. Experienced local journalists […] Comments (Comments)

One rule for telecoms investors, another for Air NZ
Posted on 12-Nov-2014 17:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If there are good reasons for the rest of New Zealand to subsidise rural telecommunications, we should come clean and do it through the tax system Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry’s hip square phone on TV3 Firstline
Posted on 12-Nov-2014 11:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Here I am on TV3's Firstline showing the BlackBerry Passport. You can see how it differs from other smartphones. Comments (Comments)

How to decide between Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus
Posted on 10-Nov-2014 12:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s two iPhone 6 models are the best smartphones money can buy. If your pockets are deep enough — something we’ll come back to in a minute — the question is which one to choose. Should you go for the bigger iPhone or the biggest iPhone? It comes down to a trade-off between the trouble […] Comments (Comments)

Dealing with the Android security risk
Posted on 8-Nov-2014 14:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

BlackBerry still gets a sympathetic hearing in some quarters because it offers enterprise-grade security on its phones. Security is baked in to BlackBerry DNA. Its smartphones, operating systems and services are the safest around. That’s important because mobile devices, especially Android smartphones, are now the biggest online security risk. A recent Symantec Cybersecurity Report found 38 percent […] Comments (Comments)

BlackBerry Passport — the productive business smartphone you won’t buy
Posted on 5-Nov-2014 18:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

You don’t need to be told there is something different about the BlackBerry Passport. For a start there’s a retro qwerty keyboard. Then there’s the shape, different to any other smartphone. It is also big — as big as an Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Passport is BlackBerry’s business class smartphone. BlackBerry built the Passport with […] Comments (Comments)

9Spokes cloud integration, dashboard
Posted on 4-Nov-2014 15:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

9Spokes says its cloud dashboard gives small businesses the oversight corporations pay millions to get from ERP systems. The New Zealand-based start-up is a cloud app integrator. When customers first arrive they find a one-stop marketplace. 9Spokes walks customers through the stages as they build tailored software suites. 9Spokes has recommended suites for several vertical […] Comments (Comments)

Cloud latency, data centres and the lure of Australia
Posted on 1-Nov-2014 09:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Latency is a good reason to build a data centre closer to customers.  Spark Digital has just spent NZ$60 million building a data centre in Takanini, South Auckland. That puts it within spitting distance of New Zealand’s biggest market. According to Spark the Takanini data centre is part of a NZ$200 million investment in New Zealand cloud […] Comments (Comments)

Mac writing apps November 2014
Posted on 30-Oct-2014 16:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Professional writer compares the current crop of writing apps for the OS X. Includes Pages 5, Word:mac2011, Byword, Google Docs, iA Writer, Comments (Comments)

How Microsoft can win cloud computing
Posted on 28-Oct-2014 09:44Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft opened Azure data centres in Sydney and Melbourne this week. In theory Australia’s East Coast is just a 14ms ping from Auckland. Realistically most traffic will take longer. It isn’t like having a server in the next room, but close enough. Australian Azure data centres come at a price. Lifehacker reports many Australian services […] Comments (Comments)

What I want from my blogging tools
Posted on 25-Oct-2014 18:06Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A look at how to get more from blogging with WordPress on a MacBook Air and using Byword Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast: China phishes, Apple refreshes, Intergen sells, UFB 200/200
Posted on 24-Oct-2014 15:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week the NZ Tech Podcast discusses Apple’s product refresh across iPad, iMac, iOS and OS X, hear about a massive phishing attack in China, Intergen’s sale, Microsoft’s Azure data centre launch in Sydney, Spark’s Socialiser and the $US179 tablet-laptop hybrid. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Supported by Vector […] Comments (Comments)

Why Gigatown is not a waste of money
Posted on 24-Oct-2014 13:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

On Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report critics describe Gigatown as a waste of money. Gigatown is a year-long competition run by Chorus. It promotes the company’s UFB fibre network being rolled out to urban New Zealand. The prize will see the nation’s switched-on town get 1Gbps broadband connections ahead of the rest of the country. […] Comments (Comments)

IBM stumbles on path to cloud
Posted on 21-Oct-2014 11:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IBM needs to reinvent itself to deal with cloud computing. Although the job was never going to be easy, IBM has an enviable track record on major change. It is the organisation that defined the original computer business. IBM built a monopoly and lead the mainframe era. Although it was late into the PC game, […] Comments (Comments)

Personal cloud storage plans – October 2014
Posted on 20-Oct-2014 10:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you're looking for cloud storage there are plenty of options. Most cloud storage providers offer a basic service for free. You may get by using these offerings alone. Comments (Comments)


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