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Spark, Chorus streamline fibre installs
Posted on 1-Dec-2016 12:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark has extended its streamlined street-in-a-week fibre installation trial to include Chorus UFB coverage areas. The goal is to spend a week focusing on fibre installations for residents of a single street. This means fast-tracking connections and giving customers a specific day for their installation. Last month Spark began a similar project with Ultrafast Fibre. […] Comments (Comments)

PC down, not out
Posted on 28-Nov-2016 14:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

PC sales have fallen for five years. They will never return to the glory days. But the PC is a long way from extinction. Many of us still need personal computers for our work. They do things phones and tablets cannot. They do other things better than phones or tablets. Not everybody needs to do those […] Comments (Comments)

UFB fuels Xero Hawke’s Bay move
Posted on 28-Nov-2016 07:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you’re wondering why the government was so keen to build a fibre network look no further than Victoria White’s Xero boss brings jobs to Hawke’s Bay in Hawke’s Bay Today. She writes: Next year, Hawke’s Bay will join the likes of San Francisco, London, and Singapore, as a base for global software company Xero. The ever-expanding company […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand passes Australia in ITU global ICT development index
Posted on 26-Nov-2016 11:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand moved three places up the International Telecommunications Union global ICT developement index. Today it is 13. In the 2015 index New Zealand was 16. The ITU index compares the information economy in different countries compare. It lets countries benchmark themselves against others and highlights areas that need improvement. It also stimulates policy debate within […] Comments (Comments)

Less local council red tape for telcos
Posted on 25-Nov-2016 16:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Telecommunications companies will no longer need to apply to local authorities for resource consent when installing everyday infrastructure. This applies to frequently deployed infrastructure such as small cell hardware, street cabinets, cabling and antenna on lighting poles so long as the equipment meets national standards. The rule change is thanks to the National Environmental Standard […] Comments (Comments)

Australian websites download faster in Auckland than in Sydney or Melbourne
Posted on 24-Nov-2016 07:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Nothing illustrates the gulf opening between broadband services in New Zealand and Australia better than this snippet of data from TrueNet’s October 2016 report.  The major point we noticed this month is the gap opening up between NZ ISPs and our sample Australian ISP TPG. This is despite the impact of the distance across the […] Comments (Comments)

Work starts on Hawaiki – a faster, fatter pipe to USA
Posted on 23-Nov-2016 15:59Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Remi Galasso’s dream to build the Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable became a reality earlier today. Prime Minister John Key and Communications Minister Amy Adams joined other dignitaries to help Galasso get the project started at a soil turning ceremony hosted by local iwi at Bream Tail near Mangawhai Heads in Northland. Speaking at the event Key […] Comments (Comments)

Much ado about Super Wi-Fi
Posted on 22-Nov-2016 18:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For most of us wi-fi is the wireless technology that moves data around the house. Or it might the service you log-on to in a cafe or airport lounge. D-Link and Microsoft have a plan to use wi-fi as a way of connecting remote areas in poor countries to the Internet. It’s not the wi-fi […] Comments (Comments)

How Ultrafast Broadband reforms changed telco sector competition
Posted on 21-Nov-2016 07:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Telecom NZ’s market share was already falling before 2009. Then, the communications minister Steven Joyce announced plans for a fibre network. According to IDC Research, Telecom NZ, now Spark, held a 59.1 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2007. By the same quarter in 2009 it was down to 54.3 percent. Today, Spark […] Comments (Comments)

Surface Book underlines the problem with hybrids
Posted on 19-Nov-2016 14:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s Surface Book is as good as it gets for hybrid devices. You can’t buy a better one, even if it still has a few irritating bugs. Hybrids are popular. They are the only growing PC segment. There is no doubt they are what many people want from a computing device. And yet there is […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Surface Book one year on
Posted on 14-Nov-2016 14:41Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A year ago Microsoft launched its first laptop. Last week the Surface Book had a refresh. It remains the best take on a 2-in-1 computer, but at a high price. All Windows computer makers offer riffs on the laptop-cum-tablet format. There are many designs to choose from at a range of prices. Yet twelve months […] Comments (Comments)

Power poles may carry fibre to bush
Posted on 7-Nov-2016 11:36Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

While it’s not on their immediate agenda, Chorus and the other fibre companies would one day like to push their glass networks as far into the bush as possible. The Commerce Select Committee may be about to help. It is looking for “public submissions on the benefits of rolling out fibre on rural electricity infrastructure”[1]. […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft double-dipping with ads
Posted on 7-Nov-2016 06:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft’s web mail app is clean, crisp and efficient. It is almost everything you’d want from a browser-based mail app. Almost. It fails because there’s an advertising pane on the right hand of the screen. You can’t miss it. Of course that’s the idea. Advertising is supposed to be in-your-face. Advertisers won’t pay up […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Vodafone, Chorus and the battle for fibre
Posted on 6-Nov-2016 11:54Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark pushes fixed wireless. Vodafone boosted and rebooted its HFC network. It is rebranded as FibreX[1]. Where possible, New Zealand’s two biggest retail telecommunications companies bypass copper and fibre. Most of the time that means not buying services from Chorus. It also means not buying regulated services. On copper and fibre networks they have to […] Comments (Comments)

Smartwatches not ticking
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 14:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

IDC reports the smartwatch market dropped by more than 50 percent in the third quarter of 2016. It says 2.7 million units shipped during the quarter compared with 5.6 million units in the third quarter of 2015. IDC goes on to say: Although the decline is significant, it is worth noting that 3Q15 was the first […] Comments (Comments)

Wireless — a drop in the data ocean
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 12:51Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From Statistics New Zealand’s Internet Service Provider Survey 2016: 143,109 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by broadband connections. 3,165 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by mobile phone internet connections. That makes wireless data about two percent of the month’s total data downloads. In other words a […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand VDSL missing in action
Posted on 30-Oct-2016 09:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At Businessdesk Pattrick Smellie reports Chorus chair challenges telcos on slow VDSL uptake. He writes: “Some 400,000 internet users in New Zealand are on a slower form of internet connection than is available, with almost no cost involved in changing to the faster version[1], says Patrick Strange, the chairman of telecommunications infrastructure provider, Chorus. Strange […] Comments (Comments)

Rural Broadband Initiative part two
Posted on 29-Oct-2016 17:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the government will spend $150 million extending rural broadband. The Rural Broadband Initiative second stage has a $100 million budget. The money is to boost speeds for people not covered by the urban Ultrafast Fibre network. She has earmarked a further $50 million for extending mobile coverage. This will cover state highway black spots and in […] Comments (Comments)

IBM says Macs cost less than PCs
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 15:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The jamf blog covers a presentation by Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM: In 2015, IBM let their employees decide – Windows or Mac. “The goal was to deliver a great employee choice program and strive to achieve the best Mac program,” Previn said. An emerging favorite meant the deployment of 30,000 […] Comments (Comments)

Vodafone’s clever free mobile data promise
Posted on 26-Oct-2016 13:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone says it will give customers mobile data at no extra charge if their fixed-line broadband connection fails. The deal only applies to customers who have a Vodafone home broadband plan and use the company’s mobile services. In a press release Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams says the always connected promise recognises an internet connection […] Comments (Comments)

Frazer Scott on Microsoft technology and digital transformation
Posted on 24-Oct-2016 10:53Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

“No-one has the breadth of services and offerings that Microsoft brings to bear in this space”. — Microsoft New Zealand chief marketing and operations officer Frazer Scott At Intergen Dynamics Day 2016, Frazer Scott outlined Microsoft’s strategy to help companies with their digital transformation. This is the context for Dynamics 365. It all boils down […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 307: Apple Pay, Sony Xperia XZ, submarine fibre, Samsung 10nm
Posted on 23-Oct-2016 11:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back at the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain this week we discuss: Apple Pay arrives on Apple Watch and iPhone in NZ Sony Xperia XZ Samsung launches 10nm chips, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, TomTom Touch, Vodafone Fibre X, Tasman Global Access cable update and visit to Ile De Re fibre cable laying ship, Hololens […] Comments (Comments)

Jucy’s Tristin King on ugly choices and being more like Apple
Posted on 22-Oct-2016 15:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Speaking at Intergen Dynamics Day 2016, Jucy Group head of technology Tristin King talked about choice.  King says there are two types of choice. The big ones are all about desire and by need. He says: “The other type of choice is an ugly choice, it’s a burden to most of us much of the time. […] Comments (Comments)

Free non-standard UFB install scheme extended
Posted on 22-Oct-2016 08:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the New Zealand Herald Sophie Boot writes: Chorus, the telecommunications network operator, will continue to provide free non-standard[1] residential ultrafast broadband installations until 2019, under an agreement with Crown Fibre Holdings which could see its debt repayments to the government entity delayed. The could part of that sentence is complicated. There is a regulatory review […] Comments (Comments)

Agility, knowledge economy key for Auckland as an emerging global city
Posted on 21-Oct-2016 16:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

James Rosenwax says Auckland should focus on agility and the knowledge economy as it continues to emerge as a dynamic global city. Rosenwax leads Aecom’s Australia and New Zealand cities practice. He recently authored a report on using innovation to transform Australian cities. He says Auckland is already on the radar for many of the […] Comments (Comments)

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