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Chorus
Chorus and Nokia launches first trial of 25G PON broadband
Chorus and Nokia have announced the successful demonstration of 25 gigabit per second fibre (Gbps) broadband technology at the Chorus Fibre Lab in Auckland. 
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Customer experience
Phone, internet complaints increase for first time in five quarters
Phone and internet complaints have increased for the first time in five quarters, according to a new telco report from the Ombudsman.
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Wireless Nation
Wireless Nation, N4L provide 4G network to remote NZ schools
Wireless Nation and Network for Learning (N4L) have rolled out the Rural Connectivity Group’s (RCG) new 4G network to better connect three Chatham Islands schools.
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Voyager
Voyager begins countrywide 100 gigabit network upgrade
Voyager Internet says with recent fibre speed upgrades and ever-increasing data usage the 100G upgrade is needed to provide fast, reliable broadband.
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Collaboration
Kacific, GuarantCo receive Cooperation of the Year Award
Kacific and GuarantCo have been named the winners of the Cooperation of the Year Award at the Satcom Innovations Group (SIG) Awards.
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Voyager Internet
Voyager Wholesale now offers Microsoft Teams Trunks
With 145 million active daily users worldwide, Microsoft Teams provides businesses with a fully immersive and collaborative experience, even while working remotely.
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Telstra
Telstra expands regional team through Connected Communities
"Put simply, our Connected Communities program means more boots on the ground in regional Australia," says Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn.
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Telstra
Telstra to deliver faster internet for QLD schools
State school students across Queensland will now have faster internet speeds, following a new $187m deal between Telstra and the Queensland Government.
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Data Privacy
New research reveals data privacy still a big worry for Kiwis
New Zealanders are becoming increasingly worried about their personal data privacy, according to a new InternetNZ survey.
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Infrastructure
Akamai to acquire Linode in USD $900 million deal
Cloud infrastructure provider Akamai announced it has secured an agreement to acquire Infrastructure as a Service platform, Linode.
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Telcos
Thank you for your service! Phone and internet complaint numbers are down in Oz
Australian consumers are becoming increasingly more satisfied with their internet and phone service providers, with new research seeing a record drop in complaints.
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D-Link
D-Link now offering complete cloud managed solution following latest release
D-Link has launched their new Nuclias Cloud-Managed DBG-2000 SD-WAN Security Gateway which offers centralised control to deploy, secure and intelligently manage network and internet traffic.
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Access point
NETGEAR expands Australia and New Zealand portfolio with new access points
NETGEAR has announced its new range of WiFi 6 Access points: WAX202, WAX206, WAX214 and WAX218, which are now available in Australia and New Zealand.
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Chorus
Chorus fibre upgrade complete with faster broadband
"We’ve been ten years building our share of the fibre network and we’re nearly done."
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2degrees
2degrees goes live with its 5G network
Ahead of the scheduled Q1 2022 customer launch, the 2degrees 5G network has been switched on in central Auckland and Wellington for testing and optimisation. 
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D-Link
D-Link D launches world’s first Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.0 Adapter and new Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router
D-Link networking company has launched the DWA-X1850, the world's first Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) adapter, and a new Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router–the EXO AX AX3200 DIR-X3260.
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Facebook
The metaverse poses "terrifying dangers" - is it the new internet? Expert says yes
“The metaverse has huge implications - it comes with fantastic advantages and terrifying dangers."
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Hawaiki Cable
Hawaiki set to build 22,000 km cable linking APAC to US
The cable will link internet traffic between Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the United States.
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Submarine Cable Projects
Vocus announces first international submarine cable connection into Darwin
“This further cements Darwin as Northern Australia’s most advanced digital economy, and will open the door to new opportunities for advanced manufacturing, data-centres and cloud-based computing services for Territorians and investors.”
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Enable
Enable signs on new chief executive to lead company into the future
Johnathan Eele joins with more than 20 years’ communications industry experience in New Zealand and overseas, where he has held leadership roles spanning the wholesale, enterprise, government and consumer sectors.
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Fibre
High-speed fibre overtakes DSL internet for first time in OECD countries
The need to move work and home life activities online during COVID-19 led to a record 21.15 million new fixed broadband connections in the year to end-December 2020.
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Telecommunications
Morrison & Co join takeover of Australia's Telstra mobile towers
Wellington-based investment manager Morrison & Co is part of a group buying 49 percent of Australian telecommunication giant Telstra's mobile towers business.
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Southern Cross Cables
Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable touches down at Auckland's Takapuna Beach
“Being geographically isolated like we are in New Zealand means there’s never been a greater need to invest in our technology infrastructure," says Minister David Clark.
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Internet
Orcon launches 8Gbps broadband plan
"8Gbps is 80 times faster than our standard 100Mbps plan. This is new territory for New Zealand broadband users."