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Spark drops Lightbox video streaming service & sells it to Sky TV
Sky plans to merge Lightbox with its own streaming platform Neon, creating what it calls a ‘supercharged’ service for New Zealanders.
Spark to offer Android's zero-touch enrolment solution
"By using an automated enrolment method, Android devices can be used at scale with enforced security."
Govt opens up short-term access to 5G spectrum
The government has announced plans to auction off early access to the country’s 5G spectrum by auctioning off short-term national rights to an unused part of the 3.5GHz spectrum band.
Kiwis unsure about 5G amidst health and safety concerns
New Zealanders are apprehensive about the 5G rollout, with health concerns inhibiting people's interest to make the switch.
CCL divests network services division
Mark Jurgeleit, CCL’s current network services general manager, will set up the network services division as a new business called Octave.
Spark brings 5G to five South Island towns and communities
Spark has committed to delivering New Zealand’s first 5G commercial service into the five heartland communities of Westport, Clyde, Twizel, Tekapo and Hokitika.
New 'future director' for Spark board
"Ana's background in corporate transformation, commercial strategy and customer delivery will bring relevant experience to our board meetings."
Spark puts heartland NZ at forefront of 5G rollout
Spark will deliver 5G wireless broadband into five more South Island locations before Christmas, followed by other heartland communities from March 2020.
Kiwis leaders in global race for fibre adoption
Second only to Japan, New Zealanders’ fibre adoption rate is more than double the global average by population, according to IDC.
Spark New Zealand shakes up leadership squad
Spark New Zealand announces new chief financial officer, corporate relations director
Finalists for the 2019 Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards revealed
"It is great to see such a diverse range of finalists recognised and highlights what a great position connectivity in New Zealand is in."
NZ mobile market in 'good shape', Commerce Commission claims
"Having assessed the state of competition in the mobile market, we haven't identified any particular problems or structural issues that could be hampering competition."
Ingram Micro distributor of the year for Lenovo
"Together, we are creating the right infrastructure that makes it easy and seamless for channel partners to deliver these outcomes with Lenovo."
Spark begins NZ's 5G roll out in Otago
Spark has launched 5G wireless broadband in New Zealand to customers in Alexandra, Central Otago, with another five towns on the list to receive the improved services before Christmas this year.
Finalists named for 2019 Microsoft Partner Awards!
The 12th annual Partner Awards has the most versatile mix of partner entries to date.
Spark launches version 2.0 of Maori language app
“The enhancements mean more teachers will be able to use Kupu as an educational tool and readily incorporate Te Reo Maori learning into their lessons with the use of smart technology something we know our tamariki have embraced.”
Annoyed, angry and devastated: How Kiwis really feel about streaming the Rugby World Cup
"When it comes to watching the All Blacks and the Rugby World Cup, the message is clear… if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it."
Spark teams up with Air New Zealand in exclusive deal
"Air New Zealand is another great example of Spark partnering with a world leading brand to bring our customers more value."
Spark-owned Qrious pushes for more analytics power through acquisition
Qrious’ staff count will increase to 170 across Auckland and Wellington. The company says it will become one of the largest data and analytics specialists in the country.
Spark backs homegrown parking app Parkable
Parkable is a sharing economy platform for car parking that allows companies and individuals to rent out their empty parking bays.
Advanced Security named as NZSA Security Integrator of the Year
The company also won an award for staff retention and development, and one of its staff was recognised as professional of the year in his sector.
Spark opens Newmarket concept store
The new store will be an 'immersive retail experience' - something customers can't experience when shopping online.
Broadband and mobile: Rural New Zealand gets more of the good stuff
Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees announce new rural broadband and mobile services in twenty locations
Spark lifts earnings on the back of mobile, wireless, cloud services
The telco's continued improved performance was founded on a clear strategy with strong execution and greater customer focus.