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NZ telcos to provide essential repair services using 'no contact' model
Telecommunications companies have closed their doors for usual retail service, but will provide repairs and modem and phone provisions only if there is a genuine connectivity issue.
Check your home network: Demand will congest internet during Covid-19 lockdown
New Zealand Telecommunications Forum says demand for data will increase as New Zealanders use their home networks to access internet to continue working, learning and to entertain themselves once the entire country goes into self-isolation.
ISPs pledge continued service as internet infrastructure feels the pressure
Some ISPs have already reported a huge increase in daytime, home-based internet usage as New Zealanders move their work into their living rooms, studies and spare rooms.
ComCom releases draft guidance for unbundled fibre
Consultation is open on the draft guidance until 28 April 2020, with cross-submissions due by 12 May 2020.
Spark rallies Kiwi innovators to share their 5G ideas
Spark is calling on New Zealand’s most innovative businesses to pitch their best ideas about how 5G could benefit the country.
Spark picks Samsung as partner to roll out 5G in NZ
Spark and Samsung have been working on network innovation since last year, starting with 5G trials throughout the country.
CCL announces partnership with Microsoft to meet Azure demand
The move is designed to drive New Zealand business and public sector migration to Microsoft Azure cloud technologies.
Spark launches uncapped wireless broadband, a Kiwi first
Business Flexible Broadband offers companies uncapped data for wireless broadband, which is not only a first for Spark but a first for the country.
Spark New Zealand reveals financial results, delivers strong revenue growth
The company saw revenue growth of 4.0% to reach $1,824 million for the half year to 31 December 2019.
Spark business customers to benefit from Xero partnership
"This collaboration with Spark gives business owners peace of mind to know they have the right tools available for their business to succeed."
Spark & OUTLine take LGBTQIA+ message to NZ workplaces
“Ensuring people know that OUTLine’s support and resources are available, not only for potential candidates, but for employers and organisations, is imperative."
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."