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1,700 Kiwi schools can sign up to UFB today
More than 1,700 schools are now able to connect to fibre, according to a new report.
Govt beats targets as 300,000 Kiwis access UFB
The total number of end users that can now connect to the government’s UFB network stands at more than 300,000, with over 149,000 homes and businesses in rural areas now accessing faster broadband under the RBI.
Slingshot CEO shoots down Govt telco plans
Slingshot CEO Mark Callander questions government's high copper pricing plans, believing Kiwis are being treated unfairly by bearing the cost. Do you agree?
Will consumers subsidise the UFB rollout?
Consumers will not benefit from lower prices for their copper broadband services under proposals announced by the government yesterday.
Vodafone calls for greater aspiration in regulatory review
Telco believes the outcomes from the telecommunications regulatory review needs to be more aspirational for New Zealanders to accelerate our digital future.
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.
Adams approves copper prices to underpin fibre plans
Government proposes to cut through the regulatory mire over price-setting for fast broadband services by using the prices tendered by participants in its ultra-fast broadband rollout project instead of complex international benchmarks.
Does the NZ ICT sector pay twice the national average?
According to an in-depth report ICT report released by the government today, the sector is enjoying strong employment growth, with wages and salaries twice the New Zealand average.
Telecom thumbs up to Govt discussion doc
The government has today released a discussion document on possible changes to the Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO), with Telecom the first telco to welcome the move.
Govt mulls cyber security awareness advisory group
The government is considering setting up an advice group on how to improve public awareness about the risks of cyber-security, as internet-based crime becomes increasingly prevalent.
Teleco Commissioner continues with UBA pricing review
Telecommunications Commissioner Stephen Gale will press ahead with a review of wholesale broadband pricing on Chorus's ageing copper lines.
Good things come to those who wait
Government's $1.5bn UFB program is moseying along at turtle pace, but if they build it, surely Kiwis will come?
UFB and RBI school report: C+
Government says both broadband programmes continue to make good progress but less than 3% able to connect actually did during 2012.
4G spectrum auction in third quarter, no iwi allocation
The government will auction allocations for the radio spectrum band being set aside for 4G mobile phones in the third quarter of the year, but won't have a sweetener for iwi.
Will Telco review provide certainty to consumers?
Government announces two scheduled reviews of regulatory framework for telecommunications services are to begin immediately, but what will they find?
Fast broadband boost for Great Barrier Island
Government commits to improving rural connectivity, abandoning frustrating dial-up speeds and through faster technology access.
NZ rejects international teleco treaty changes
Kiwis reject a push to bring the internet under stronger state control.
Has Adams put Chorus before consumers?
Labour criticises Minister of Communications for refusing to pass wholesale costs onto Kiwi households.
Key’s Commerce Commission threat cheats Kiwis
Is John Key determined to ensure New Zealand broadband households’ bills are $12 higher a month?
Chorus comfy but consumers lose out
Kiwi customers coming off second best following Commerce Commission decision.
Government considers Commerce Commission report
Government receives draft determination on pricing for the unbundled bitstream access (UBA) and a final determination on the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL).
IT industry needs to "delve a little deeper"
Amy Adams encourages Kiwi companies to invest in high-tech innovation across New Zealand.
Flying New Zealand’s ICT flag
Kiwi ICT sector urged to "fly its flag" more aggressively to promote its value as a key driver in the economy and attract much needed talent.
UFB build begins in Whakatane
Government says over 1500 businesses, health facilities, schools and homes in Whakatane to receive UFB during the next 18 months.