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Spark, Vodafone, and 2degrees team up for Christchurch
Chief executives from New Zealand’s largest internet providers have jumped on board with the Christchurch Call to Action.
Red Hat’s role in Spark’s digital transformation strategy
We look at the role of global open source vendor Red Hat in Spark New Zealand's transformation strategy.
Spark's Simon Moutter resigns; insider Jolie Hodson to take charge
"I haven’t made any decisions about what I’ll do after I finish at Spark, other than committing the first couple of months to spending some quality time with my family.”
NZ ISPs issue open letter to social media giants to discuss censorship
Content sharing platforms have a duty of care to proactively monitor for harmful content, act expeditiously to remove content which is flagged to them as illegal.
Spark to launch emerging tech innovation unit in 2019
The as yet unnamed unit will be headed by Claire Barber and focus on R&D, operating as a distinct unit from the main business.
The impact of business transformation on Spark NZ’s financial year
"Spark’s success in growth areas continued to offset the decline in legacy areas of the business."
Spark details 5G rollout plans
By 2020, Spark expects its wireless-network specific capex to be between 25%-35% of Spark’s overall capital expenditure envelope.
Spark facing court proceedings after Commerce Commission alleges it misled customers
Spark has addressed the charges, saying it is disappointed by the commission's decision to file proceedings.
Spark NZ announces two new additions to leadership team
Each leadership team member will supposedly bring specific knowledge, insights and perspectives to the top table.
Spark buys 2019 Rugby World Cup broadcast rights, should you worry?
Spark announced that it has secured the rights to bring to New Zealanders the Rugby World Cup 2019.
5G hits NZ with Spark’s first live test in Wellington
The trial was deployed with specialist equipment and technical support from technology partner Huawei and is located directly across from Parliament.
How Spark’s transformation strategy impacted their bottom line
“As indicated at the end of the previous financial year, the transformation programme has associated costs of change."
Top Google researcher to speak at Auckland digital summit
Tomas Izo leads a Google team of engineers and scientists researching digital issues which contribute to a wide range of products.
Deloitte celebrates winners of 2017 Top 200 business awards
"Some may have thought 2degrees were biting off more than they could chew, but the company changed market pricing and has shaken up the duopoly.”
Spark gets rainbow tick of approval for workplace diversity & inclusion
Spark’s managing director Simon Moutter and chairman Mark Verbiest hold leading roles in Champions for Change initiatives.
Spark to return to Chch CBD in ‘striking’ new Cathedral Square office
"We are now ready to honour a commitment we made to get back into the CBD when the timing was right to move,” says Simon Moutter.
Spark NZ: Dynamic change, fibre movement & the road ahead
Mark Verbiest and Simon Moutter address Spark's financial results for the half-year ending 31st December 2016.
Spark talks business with new acquisition on the horizon
“This offer is advantageous to TeamTalk shareholders in being an offer for the full TeamTalk business."
Wellington get ready, virtual reality complex could be on its way
"Wellington is already a hub for visual effects talent and technology startups."
"We're at a turning point" - Spark pleased despite profit drop
Spark says mobile and platform IT services now outweigh declining areas of the business, which Spark's chairman says reflects a turning point.
Spark comes out swinging at Vodafone, claims No.1 spot
The NZ telco market is fiercely contested - now Spark has come out with claims that they’re the biggest revenue earners.
Spark speaks out about Vodafone Sky merger
NZ telco provider Spark has said it's business as usual for the company, after the news broke this week that Sky will be buying out Vodafone NZ.
Spark and Huawei bring lightning fast network speeds to NZ
“The faster speeds of 4.5G will truly help unleash more New Zealanders’ potential, meeting our customer’s demands to do more and wait less."
Change is brewing: Leadership shakeup over at Spark
Managing director Simon Moutter says the changes to its starting line up will help steer the company through its next phase of transformation.
Spark invests $14m in rapid 4G rollout in rural Canterbury
Spark New Zealand has been working with local councils to provide rural residents access to better, faster broadband and mobile data services.
No dial tone: ComCom holds firm on proposed copper pricing
The Commerce Commission offers up slightly reduced proposed wholesale charges to access the Chorus line - and proposes removing backdating.
Digital tax, multinational tax crackdown closer
Taxes on services purchased online from offshore sellers look to have moved a step closer, with Budget 2015 confirming it is a key focus area.
Spark to ComCom: End deafening silence and front up
Spark calls on ComCom to end 'deafening silence' and front up on proposed price increases as BeCounted campaign attracts more than 3000 submissions.
Spark takes on ComCom over broadband pricing
Spark campaign calling on ComCom to justify wholesale internet charge increases wins support from InternetNZ.
Full steam ahead for Spark's re-engineering programme
Spark New Zealand has successfully implemented the second major stage of its programme to re-engineer and update its key customer service IT platforms
Spark Chief Turnaround Officer out, new focus in
Spark New Zealand has announced that Matt Crockett, its Chief Turnaround Officer, will be leaving the company in the middle of this year.
Spark dumps Telecom Cook Islands on Teleraro
Spark has finalised the sale of its 60% interest in Telecom Cook Islands, for around NZ$23 million.
Spark 1H profit falls 13% after streamlining operations; outlook still uncertain
Spark New Zealand's first-half profit fell 13 percent after the company formerly called Telecom slimmed down its business, selling assets such as AAPT
Spark New Zealand revenue down, remains focused on growth strategy
Spark New Zealand has released its half-year results for the FY15 financial year, and says the company is continuing to deliver on goals.
Chris Quin leaves Spark after nearly 25 years
Craig Young, TUANZ chief executive, says Quin’s open leadership, experience and general ability took Spark through some interesting times.
Spark shakes up leadership team and hones in on digital first strategy
Spark New Zealand says in the past two years they have seen a lot come from their new ‘future-oriented’ strategy, and in 2015 are looking to become a leading digital first company.
Get ready to pay more for broadband in 2015
New Zealand telecommunications providers Spark and Vodafone have announced they will increase their prices in 2015.
Trans-Tasman telecommunications plans revealed
Spark, Vodafone and Telstra team up with Alcatel-Lucent for trans-Tasman telecommunications cable.
Spark, Voda and Telstra to spend US$70 million on trans-Tasman cable
Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand's two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spen
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Spark launches 'urgent review' of pricing
"Given today’s decision, we feel we have no choice but to undertake an urgent review of our current pricing across both voice and broadband plans."
Spark warns of price rises after copper decision pushes up costs; shares fall
Spark New Zealand, formerly Telecom Corp, is reviewing its prices, saying today's Commerce Commission draft decision on wholesale copper line prici
NZ ISPs in YouTube tie-up to drive faster broadband connections
New Zealand internet service providers are part of a multinational drive by global video streaming giant YouTube to push customers to faster landli
Spark momentum gathers pace as Kiwis warm to strategic change
"Our customers wanted and needed us to change. They wanted us to be a growing New Zealand business."
Spark My Potential... Flagship crowdfunding initiative hits NZ
"What better way to unleash the potential of New Zealanders than by using digital technology and the power and generosity of the crowd to accelerate success?"
Telecom makes digital mark... officially changes to Spark
"Spark will be a stimulus for new customers to take another look at what we have to offer, and we think they will be pleasantly surprised."
Telecom praises Kiwis with Spark Thanks initiative...
On the day Telecom officially changed its name to Spark New Zealand, the telco giant has also launched Spark Thanks in a bid to reward its customers across the country.
Under-fire Moutter apologises to "cynical" Telecom employee
"But there is a line we shouldn't cross and none of us should accept judgmental criticism or outright cynicism.
Leak: Cynical? Please resign! Says Simon Moutter
Watch what you say on Telecom's internal intranet forum – or you might find the big boss telling you to feel free to take your cynical side to another company!
Telecom completes Business Cloud specialist acquisition
"We see this as a strategic business move giving the Telecom group a very strong New Zealand Cloud services portfolio."
Sparks fly as Telecom reveals official name change date...
"Spark is much more than just a new name - it reflects enormous change underway in our business and in the world around us."
Telecom "very pleased" with 700MHz Spectrum auction outcome
"We are very pleased with the outcome which secures Telecom a key strategic long-term asset and our preferred location within the spectrum band."
Sparks fly as Telecom seals Business Cloud specialist acquisition
"We see this as a strategic business move giving the Telecom group a very strong New Zealand Cloud services portfolio."
Telecom completes first stage of "major" reengineering programme
"The reengineering programme is a significant driver of our long-term strategy."
Telecom stays NZ-focused with upcoming $23m Cook Islands sale
Telecom has entered into an agreement for the sale of its 60% interest in Telecom Cook Islands Limited, the incumbent telecommunications provider in the Cook Islands, for approximately NZ$23 million to Digicel.
Telecom launches new standalone business... Qrious
"Qrious is a bold move to help lead the development of greater economic and social value for New Zealand."
Is Telecom's rebranding risky business...?
"While it illustrates the growth of an idea, I imagine the last thing consumers would want to see in their home telecommunications setup is a spark."
Telecom changes its name to Spark
Rebrand is latest in series of changes that are resetting the company for the digital future...
Telecom launches new internet TV business following financials
"Our investments in revamping our mass market brands, Telecom and Skinny, have delivered greater cut-through in key markets."
Telecom nails $83m 4G auction bid
"With the addition of this 700 MHz spectrum, we will be in a very strong position to support New Zealand’s data, mobility and digital services future."
Telecom sells AAPT for A$450M to TPG Telecom
Country's biggest telecommunications company has sold its Australian AAPT unit for A$450 million to ASX-listed internet service provider, TPG Telecom, beating initial expectations of what the unit would go for.
Telecom to offer CEO and senior managers performance incentives to boost profits
Telco set to offer one-off performance equity grants to chief executive Simon Moutter and other senior managers over the next three years to incentivise them to boost profits.
Telco trio secure successful 700 MHz 4G spectrum bids
The initial allocation round of the 700 MHz spectrum auction has resulted in 2degrees, Telecom, and Vodafone each acquiring management rights to spectrum in the 700 MHz band.
Telecom to buy 700MHz spectrum amid 4G expansion
Telco has registered as a bidder for this month's government auction of spectrum in the 700 Megahertz range, which the phone company would use to build out its 4Gnetwork from major cities.
Telecom: Lower price on copper inputs needed
Telco argues the input price for wholesale access to copper broadband needs to come in at the bottom end of Government’s proposed range.
Telecom to keep cutting costs following financial results
Telecom Corp, which carved out its network operator unit Chorus at the end of 2011, reported a 0.5 percent decline in adjusted annual earnings to the bottom of its guidance range, and is predicting an unchanged dividend payment in 2014.
The secret agenda behind Telecom’s Wi-Fi rollout
Telecom is building the country’s largest public Wi-Fi network – comprising up to 3000 hotspots – we uncover why.
Telecom welcomes move towards regulatory certainty
Telco welcomes today’s commencement of a Government review of the policy framework for regulating telecommunications services in New Zealand.
Gen-i wins Network 4 Learning deal for all 2,500 schools
Telecom’s ICT services division selected as Network for Learning’s (N4L) technology partner for the delivery of an online educational environment for New Zealand schools.
Schools need to lead creative computing
It is vitally important that creative computing becomes an essential part of the school curriculum and tertiary education programmes, according to a leading New Zealand technology expert.
Telecom earnings to be at bottom end of guidance
Telecom said annual earnings will be at the low end of guidance because of competition in fixed-line sales and a margin squeeze at its Gen-i unit.
Telecom acquires Revera for $96.5 million
Telco ramps up its data centre and cloud offer with conditional agreement to acquire privately-owned Kiwi IT company.
Telecom launches Digital Ventures
Telecom has announced the formation of a new Digital Ventures team.
Telecom cuts could hit 1,230 jobs
Telecom wants to strip out as much as $110 million in annual costs by cutting up to 1,230 jobs.
Telecom job cuts takes a turn for the worst
The Labour Party claims the telco will cut up to 1500 jobs later this month.
Thanks for all the hard work, now you’re fired
Embattled Telecom undertakes strategic review of Gen-i Australia, resulting in 120 job losses.
Finally some good news for Telecom, new Kiwi CFO appointed
Following a week of playing catch-up to rival Vodafone, Telecom looks ahead by hiring new chief financial officer.
Fight to the 4G finish as Vodafone enters the race
Telco expected to launch its first 4G mobile services tomorrow, taking on market rival Telecom for NZ supremacy.
Great job team, now you're fired
Telecom issues bleak warning to workers, promising to cut jobs "well into the hundreds" despite posting decent financial results.
Mobile business props up dwindling Telecom sales
Telecom eked out a 3.7 percent lift in first-half underlying earnings as revenue from its mobile business propped up otherwise disappointing sales.
Telco trio unite to improve ANZ connectivity
Telecom, Vodafone and Telstra join forces to co-invest in a new Auckland-Sydney telecommunications cable.
New Zealand Internet: The big problem the that the Government don't want you to know about Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB)
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Telecom CFO resigns
Telco company confirms Nick Olson has left to become Fletcher Building's new CFO.
Telecom slashes data roaming costs
New flat fee pricing boosts overseas travellers surfing the web.
Telecom buys online Kiwi charity site
Telco firms foundation announced the purchase of giving platform Givealittle.co.nz.
Telecom NZ hires new head of Comms
Former Weber Shandwick APAC CEO Andrew Pirie will take up a role as head of communications.
Telecom to extend smartphone network by xmas
Telco firm to begin rolling out dual-carrier HSDPA to New Zealanders by Christmas as shareholders re-elect directors to the board.
Chris Quin becomes Telecom Retail CEO
Gen-i Australia CEO takes on new role within Telecom's Retail business unit to fight for market shares in broadband and mobile.
Telecom’s Moutter leaves debt issuing board
Telecommunications boss quits role to "focus his efforts on Telecom's core portfolio".
Telecom FY profit misses forecast in first result without Chorus, flags weaker 2013 earnings
Telecom Corp missed estimates as it posted its first annual result without the telecommunications network operator Chorus, signalling next year's earnings will be slightly weaker than 2012.
Annual results beckon for new Telecom CEO Simon Moutter
Telecom’s new CEO Simon Moutter starts his new role today, nearly a fortnight before the company announces their annual results.
Telecom Business CEO resigns
Telecommunications company in search for new chief executive following the departure of Alan Gourdie.
Skinny Mobile boss departs
Head of youth-oriented Telecom sub-brand leaves ‘to pursue other opportunities’.
Chris Quin to fill gap as Telecom CEO
Gen-i boss to assist crossover after Paul Reynolds departs in June.
Remedy working but telco doctor's future still uncertain
Telecommunications commissioner Dr Ross Patterson's job is on the line, despite injecting a healthy dose of competition into the sector.
The top 4 priorities for the new Telecom boss
What Simon Moutter should have at the top of his to-do list when he takes over from Paul Reynolds in September.
Simon Moutter appointed CEO of Telecom
Head of Auckland International Airport to take over from Paul Reynolds as of September 1.