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Spark's chairman to retire later this year, new chair named
"At some point, it will be appropriate for each of the long-serving Directors to transition off the Board.”
21 Aug 17
Four telcos warned about breaching Fair Trading Act by Commerce Commission
“The complexity and range of goods and services offered by the industry means consumers can be easily confused about product offerings."
14 Aug 17
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.
04 Aug 17
Snapchat your way through the streets of Paris: Spark overhauls roaming plans
“Customers need to know they can roam without worrying about a huge bill.”
02 Aug 17
4.5G the fastest network you can’t use: Can your phone handle the nationwide upgrade?
4.5G is the next generation of mobile internet technology, yet many consumers with older smartphones will need to upgrade to use the network...
24 Jul 17
Auckland Council, Spark open their final community basketball court in Glen Innes
Auckland Council hopes that the free Wi-Fi at this basketball court will encourage the community to increase their physical activity.
06 Jul 17
Kiwi IoT future heats up as Spark joins Vodafone in IoT network prep
Vodafone and Spark are gearing up for the promised IoT windfall, with both announcing work on IoT networks.
05 Jul 17
City of sensors: Spark NZ rolls out nationwide IoT network
“Being connected to this extent will change the way we look at everything -- rubbish bins could schedule themselves to be emptied at the right time."
04 Jul 17
Qrious unveils Kiwi big data platform-as-a-service offering
Spark's Qrious has launched its Qonnect big data platform designed to provide NZ companies with a cloud-based platform-as-a-service big data solution.
28 Jun 17
Queenstown broadband upgrades to 4.5G, the fastest in New Zealand
Queenstown is the first New Zealand town to receive the 4.5G broadband upgrade.
20 Jun 17
Spark drops dealer partner model for consumer market; buys back stores
Spark is dumping its dealer partner model for the consumer market, taking on direct management of stores currently managed by Leading Edge and Orb.
19 Jun 17
Carpool Coaching: Business mentoring inspired by Carpool Karaoke
The first video of the campaign has reached over 70,000 people, getting 42,000 views, 11 shares and counting.
13 Jun 17
ISPs build backdoors into customer modems, creating security breach
Vodafone and Spark are among the ISPs. Their policy is to use the access for troubleshooting, but it still raises red flags.
30 May 17
Spark’s Xtra email completes transition from Yahoo to NZ-based provider
Spark and SMX now have over 800,000 Xtra email accounts up and running on the new email platform.
11 May 17
Spark releases ‘Data Lovers’ package for the modern smartphone
Spark has launched two new prepay ‘Data Lovers’ packs to cater for the growing need where users are consuming data rather than minutes and texts.
10 May 17
Christchurch: Spark & Ministry of Justice team up to deploy cloud tech
The Ministry of Justice and Spark have teamed up for a project exclusively for Christchurch.
01 May 17
Spark to implement huge WiFi boost to Westpac Stadium
The obvious benefit is the improved ability for visitors to share their stadium experiences with friends and family, primarily on social media.
20 Apr 17
Spark reveals new cloud-based customer experience system for Kiwis
“We wanted to help New Zealand businesses keep ahead of this growing demand from their customers with a system that would be easy to adopt."
06 Apr 17
Spark stays firm on TeamTalk deal – 80c or nothing and forget Vodafone
Spark New Zealand today released a statement to affirm their position in their attempted acquisition of TeamTalk.
04 Apr 17
Commerce Commission reveals concerns for Spark/TeamTalk merger
The Commerce Commission today published a statement of Preliminary Issues regarding Spark New Zealand’s proposed acquisition of TeamTalk.
03 Apr 17
Genesis Energy teams up with Spark's Revera cloud platform
“Like Genesis Energy, Spark’s driving force is to deliver truly useful technologies that enable businesses and consumers to do their best work"
29 Mar 17
TeamTalk fights back against Spark's 'hostile takeover bid'
TeamTalk yesterday recommended that its shareholders reject Spark’s 'hostile takeover bid' of $0.80c per share because the price is far too low.
24 Mar 17
Spark applies for TeamTalk acquisition clearance from ComCom
The Commerce Commission has acknowledged that it has received a clearance application from Spark for its proposed acquisition of TeamTalk.
21 Mar 17
Week in review: The biggest stories that went down last week on NetGuide
We thought we'd make it easy for you and pick out our highlights of the week in the land of consumer tech.
20 Mar 17