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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)

Spark, Telstra and Vodafone confirm plan to construct new trans-Tasman telecommunications cable starting early 2015
Posted on 18-Dec-2014 11:16Tags News, Broadband

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected as the cable laying contractor after a competitive tender process, and the TGA Cable is expected to be built and providing data traffic by mid-2016. Comments (Comments)

News BlackBerry Classic brings back familiar QWERTY design
Posted on 18-Dec-2014 10:46Tags News, BlackBerry

Company says new device responds to customer demand for a familiar design merged with the security of BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system. Comments (Comments)

Spark joins Dunedin's Gigatown party
Posted on 16-Dec-2014 09:35Tags News, Broadband

Spark Gigabit broadband plans and GigaWiFi coming to Dunedin next year. 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)

Girls at Wellington East gear up for the future of IT
Posted on 15-Dec-2014 15:43Tags News, Computing

Connaire McKeefry, a Wellington East Girls' College Year 12 student, is challenging her own stereotype. She is a bright, young women predisposed to studying law or commerce, but after a life changing school trip this year, she is now focussed on a future in ICT. Comments (Comments)

Lixtor marketplace plans to increase its critical-mass
Posted on 15-Dec-2014 15:05Tags News, Web media

Auckland-based company Lixtor is an emerging competitor to Trade Me’s strong presence in the local second hand online market. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand First Lego League Championships 2014 results announced
Posted on 15-Dec-2014 14:56Tags News, Consumer Electronics

This year's theme is "WORLD CLASS" where teams must investigate how students will learn in the future. Comments (Comments)

End of support for Windows Server 2003 approaching fast
Posted on 15-Dec-2014 11:17Tags News, Computing

With most server migration projects taking up to six months and now only seven months before end of support for Windows Server 2003, Microsoft is urging companies to plan for migration. Comments (Comments)

One year of nationwide blacklisting of mobile phones: 32,000 handsets blocked
Posted on 15-Dec-2014 11:08Tags News, Mobile

The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) is celebrating the first anniversary of nationwide mobile handset blacklisting for lost and stolen devices. 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)

Apple and IBM deliver first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS
Posted on 11-Dec-2014 14:18Tags News, Mobile

Apple and IBM delivered the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services. 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)

New Zealand Transport Agency selects Unisys to modernise crash analysis system
Posted on 10-Dec-2014 09:49Tags News, Computing

Unisys Corporation New Zealand has been selected by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) as the prime system integrator to lead the modernisation of the national Crash Analysis System (CAS). Comments (Comments)

Quickflix app available on Google Chromecast
Posted on 10-Dec-2014 09:37Tags News, Web media

With Google Chromecast devices now in New Zealand, it's time for a local service to join the platform. 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)

Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM to be delivered from Australian datacentres
Posted on 9-Dec-2014 07:43Tags News, SaaS

Kiwi businesses are set to benefit from Microsoft Corp's plans, announced today, to deliver Microsoft's cloud productivity suite, Office 365 - and business application - Dynamics CRM Online - from Australian data centres by the end of March, 2015. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone and NZ Police open Mobility Innovation Lab
Posted on 8-Dec-2014 20:31Tags News, 4G

Vodafone New Zealand, with the support of the NZ Police, have today opened the Mobility Innovation Lab and Experience Centre in Wellington. Comments (Comments)

Kordia first Australasian telco to go live on Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service
Posted on 8-Dec-2014 14:06Tags News, SaaS

Auckland-based telecommunications provider Kordia says it is the first Australasian telco to connect with, and provide, a private access service to Microsoft's Azure platform via ExpressRoute. Comments (Comments)

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Selects Unisys to Modernise New Zealand's Tenancy Bond System
Posted on 5-Dec-2014 13:36Tags News, Computing

New fully integrated system will give greater choice of payment methods, allow easy review of tenancy bond histories, and interface with property management software. Comments (Comments)

PlayStation 4 fastest selling video games console of the decade in New Zealand
Posted on 5-Dec-2014 00:01Tags News, Gaming

This achievement comes in advance of PlayStation celebrating its 20th anniversary in the New Zealand market in 2015. Comments (Comments)

MSA programme helping address New Zealand shortage of skilled IT professionals
Posted on 4-Dec-2014 21:41Tags News, Computing

Microsoft Student Accelerator programme gets into gear for summer; tertiary IT students rev up for 10 weeks of on-the-job training at leading Kiwi companies. Comments (Comments)

Linus Torvalds to answer Q&A during LCA 2015 Auckland
Posted on 4-Dec-2014 20:40Tags News, Open Source

Linux Project Coordinator Linus Torvalds to return to LCA (linux.conf.au) conference to participate in Q&A session after 12 years. 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)

HP unveils EliteBook Folio 1020, thinnest and lightest business-class notebooks
Posted on 2-Dec-2014 18:43Tags News, Notebooks

The HP EliteBook 1020 and the HP EliteBook 1020 Special Edition (SE) are ultra-thin at 15. 7 mm, and the SE takes advantage of HP's exclusive blend of magnesium-lithium alloy and reusable carbon fibre to achieve a weight of only one kg. Comments (Comments)


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