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Telecommunications
A fourth mobile network? Yeah right
Clear Mobitel explains why it believes New Zealand could sustain another network operator, but its plans seem far-fetched.
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Steven Joyce
Fibre Watch: Rucking politicians
The rugby is over and the election campaign is upon us - whether we like it or not.
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Government
Fibre Watch: Driven to distraction
InternetNZ's attempt to put the country's digital future on the political agenda could be overshadowed by the recent chain of disasters, not to mention the RWC.
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Fibre Watch
Fibre Watch: To Sydney, via Beijing?
Does a planned Chinese-backed trans-Tasman fibre cable really raise security concerns?
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Gen-i
Fibre Watch: Hybrid hurdles
Gen-i boss Chris Quin delivers a warning on hybrid copper/fibre networks and the complexity of having several companies building the UFB network.
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Kordia
Fibre Watch: Meet the cable guys
Surprise new plans for another trans-Tasman cable have added more spark to the local submarine fibre scene.
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Chorus
Fibre Watch: We're in the money
Telecom shareholders have been showered with financial data revealing more about the costs and benefits of splitting the company, and the pay packets of its leaders.
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Rod Drury
Fibre Watch: Let me be the first...
Another week, another announcement of a UFB 'first'. This time it's the first schools to be connected to the embryonic Government-funded network.
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Chorus
Fibre Watch: Hurry up and wait
Despite this week's big announcements about national and international connectivity, benefits to broadband consumers are still some time away.
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Steven Joyce
Fibre Watch: Cynics & crystal balls
As debate over the tender process continues, there is a bigger question to be asked - should the government have embarked on the UFB project at all?
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Telecommunications
Fibre Watch: Chinese Whispers
UK website speculates fast-growing Chinese vendor Huawei could be in line for a sweet equipment supply role within the UFB project.
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Steven Joyce
Fibre Watch: We have a plan
The Government's National Infrastructure Plan highlights investment and regulatory issues faced by the telecommunications industry.
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Chorus
Fibre Watch: A good Rogering
The telco reform law has passed its next stage in Parliament, but not before receiving a caustic critique from political veteran Sir Roger Douglas.
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Telecommunications
Fibre Watch: Shirty Politicians
As Curran gets a dressing down for dressing down, Joyce dismisses her rural schools broadband "conspiracy"
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Kordia
Fibre Watch: City of snails
As Wellington embraces Wi-Fi, Auckland Council's plans are embarrassingly slow and underwhelming.
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Telecommunications
Fibre Watch: Forbearance or for worse
The Government's regulatory holiday flip-flop highlights - once again - how farcical the whole UFB process has become.
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Telecommunications
Fibre Watch: The $600m holiday
As the UFB lawmaking process grinds towards a conclusion, the politicians slug it out over the cost of a decent regulatory holiday.
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TelstraClear
Fibre Watch: Hard Labour
Why isn't the opposition doing a better job attacking the Government's clumsy handling of its broadband initiatives?
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Kordia
Telco groups pitch Special Access Undertaking approach to UFB
The party of 11 Kiwi telcos and consumer advocate groups suggest "win-win" alternatives to a regulatory holiday.
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Apple iPhone
SonicWall's Redman resigns
ANZ country manager Dean Redman to leave the internet security solutions provider next week.
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TelstraClear
Fibre Watch: Stop the head-banging
If the government isn't listening, why don't the telco industry activists try singing a different anthem?
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Vector
Fibre Watch: Don’t quote me on that
What are they putting in the water at Tel.Con 11? Industry leaders confess to receiving backhanders, making stupid investment decisions and being laughed at by fund managers.
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Government
ComCom considers issues that may hinder UFB uptake
Draft study released that aims to identify issues that may impede the uptake of ultra-fast broadband in New Zealand.
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Crown Fibre Holdings
Fibre Watch: Pipe dreams
One company's recipe for making fibre-to-the-home available on tap involves blowing cables down consumers' water pipes.