Project Overview:

Through collaborating with  Geekzone users Telecom New Zealand wants to crowdsource the requirements of a mid to high end modem/gateway that Telecom will prototype, build and eventually sell through their website.

This project is aimed at giving Geekzone users the opportunity to define the requirements of a modem to suit their specific needs and ultimately shape the technology Telecom New Zealand will offer to its wider customer base in the near future.

The collaboration phase of the project will run for two weeks, with the first week focused on the sharing of ideas and technical specs, before then ratifying them in a voting process the following week. Telecom New Zealand will then vet the forum results and confirm the recommend build specifications before putting the modem into production.

Modem requirements:  

The fixed capability requirements of the modem are that it will support ADSL, VDSL  and UFB technologies. The modem will be made for Telecom with Telecom firmware. But similar to Telecom’s current modem gateways other ISP’s can make their networks compatible with it. Non Telecom customers who buy the modem will be able to download patches and updates from the Telecom website. The final product must be commercially viable and as part of our project discussion we will be polling questions around price.

Beyond the above fixed requirements the technical specifications of the modem/gateway will be up to Geekzone users to define.

To participate in the forum you’ll need to register a profile in Geekzone.

Project timings: 

The project forum will run from the 27th of May 2013 through until 5pm on Monday the 10th of June 2013. This forum will be a discussion where Geekzone users can post their ideas on the features they’d want in a great modem/gateway. Geekzones can use the [+1] buttons to vote up the ideas they like the best.

On the Tuesday the 4th of June – we’ll take the most voted on ideas and create a poll with the top features / capability / functionality suggested. Voting in these polls (and the discussions around the proposed features) will run through until Midday on Monday 10th of June – at which point the forum will close.

At the end of the forum the results will be passed to Telecom New Zealand where an expert panel will work through the submissions and confirm which elements will be implemented in the final build.

The final gateway  features list will be posted and Telecom New Zealand will work with the manufacturer to provide regular updates on how the build is progressing.


The five best modem features as judged by Telecom New Zealand will be invited to take part in the prototyping phase of the project with the testing of the prototype modem/ gateway units. These five winners will also receive a final modem unit at the end of the project.

All contributors to the project discussion forum will go into the draw to win the main prize of one year’s free broadband of Telecom’s 500GB package and the final modem/gateway when the project is complete.

Modem Crowd Sourcing Project Competition Terms and Conditions 
  • The promoter of the Modem Crowd Sourcing Project competition ("Competition") is Telecom New Zealand Ltd ("Telecom").
  • Entry is open to all New Zealand Residents.
  • For the main prize of a year’s free broadband of Telecom’s 500GB home broadband package a credit to the value of a year’s free broadband will be applied to the Telecom account. Entry is limited to one entry per contributor. Entrants may enter as many different comments / suggestions as they like, but each separate submission will not count as an additional entry into the main competition.
  • In the event that Telecom can’t provide the winner with broadband due to coverage or availability limitations. The winner will receive a credit applied to a Telecom account.
  • To be eligible for entry into the main prize of a years free broadband of Telecom’s 500GB home broadband package you must enter the competition via the Geekzone Crowd Sourcing forum page before 11.59am on 10th of June 2013 and provide an answer in the specified field.
  • Entries into the ‘Five best modem features’ will be judged on merit and originality. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • To be eligible for entry into ‘Five best modem features’ competition, entry submissions must be entered into the specific field before 11:59am on the 4th of June 2013.
  • All valid entries will be considered by the judges and the winners will be notified within five business days via their Geekzone email login. Telecom will make reasonable attempts to contact the winner, but if the winners is not able to be contacted or is unable to redeem the prize in accordance with the terms and conditions within fifteen working days from the first contact attempt; the prize will be redrawn in his or her place without liability to any person.
  • Telecom reserves the right to amend the prizes offered and these terms and conditions and in its absolute discretion cancel the Competition at any time and without prior notice.
  • Decisions by Telecom relating to this Competition are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Telecom is not responsible or liable for any late, lost or misdirected entries or for any problems or technical malfunction which may result in delay or failure to enter you in the Competition.
  • The prize cannot be transferred or exchanged or redeemed for cash. Telecom takes no responsibility for prizes that are lost or destroyed.
  • All entries including all information/ comments/ submission you submit to the Modem Crowdsourcing Project become the property of Telecom. By entering, you agree that Telecom is free to use your entry as it sees fit, including for the purposes of this Project and Competition as well as for promotional, marketing and publicity purposes, without compensation.
  • By participating in this Competition, you are deemed to agree to and accept these terms and condition and you warrant that all ideas, comments you submit are your own.