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Push for digital technology and value-added production in Canterbury

2 days 4 hours ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced $1.6 million funding for two workstreams to promote the uptake of digital technology across Canterbury and to take advantage of new value-add market opportunities. The Ministers are in Canterbury today to co-launch the refresh of the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy.  ...

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UFB phase one 75 per cent complete

1 week 5 days ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

More than three-quarters of the build for phase one of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme is complete, says Communications Minister Simon Bridges. “This is a fantastic milestone which means that more than 1,132,000 households and businesses now have access to fibre. At four per cent ahead of schedule, the build is now complete in 22 cities and towns across New Zealand,” Mr Bridges says. ...

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Telecommunications Commissioner reappointed

2 weeks 3 days ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has today announced the reappointment of Dr Stephen Gale as Telecommunications Commissioner and as a member of the Commerce Commission. Dr Gale has been appointed for a further three years starting on 12 July. “The reappointment of Dr Gale recognises his valuable knowledge and expertise in competition and pricing issues, and the significant contribution he has made to the work of the Commission over a number of years,” Mr Bridges says. ...

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Artificial Intelligence Forum welcomed

2 weeks 3 days ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have welcomed the launch of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum to help understand the opportunities and challenges relating to AI in New Zealand. Supported by NZTech, the Forum brings together users of technology, tech firms, academia and government to help connect, promote and advance the AI ecosystem and drive positive social and economic outcomes for New Zealand. ...

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Bold new media initiative for children announced

3 weeks 2 days ago

Simon Bridges | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have welcomed the announcement of a safe, interactive ad-free space for primary school age children to explore and enjoy online local media content. The new media initiative is a collaboration between NZ On Air and TVNZ. The interactive curated website will be run by a newly formed team at TVNZ, utilising the company’s expertise and technology. ...

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Final telecommunications reform package announced

3 weeks 3 days ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges today announced the final details of the Government’s reform package to improve the Telecommunications Act and modernise the communications sector. The final package will introduce a more predictable utility-style model for Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre, deregulate copper lines where fibre is available, and improve the quality of service for consumers by increasing regulatory oversight. ...

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All New Zealanders to see connectivity benefits

1 month ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

The Government is committed to making New Zealand’s communications network one of the best in the world, Communications Minister Simon Bridges says. Minister Bridges spoke at the 2017 Rural Connectivity Symposium in Wellington today. “In 2009 the internet in New Zealand was slow, and many people didn’t have adequate access at all – particularly in rural areas,” Mr Bridges says. ...

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Ultra-Fast Broadband uptake over 33 per cent

1 month 2 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

More than a third of New Zealanders with access to Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) are now connected, says Communications Minister Simon Bridges. The March 2017 Quarterly Broadband Update released today shows the number of households, business, schools and hospitals connected to UFB has increased 12 per cent in the past three months to 367,788. “It’s encouraging to see that strong demand for UFB is continuing, as connectivity continues to improve across New Zealand,” Mr Bridges says. ...

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Phase two of Ultra-Fast Broadband build underway

1 month 2 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the start of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build in Hikurangi and Hokitika, the first towns to commence the build under the extension of the UFB programme. In January, the Government announced an investment of $300 million to extend UFB to another 423,000 New Zealanders across a further 151 towns. “Having access to fast and reliable broadband is critical for regional towns like Hikurangi and Hokitika,” Mr Bridges says. ...

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New caller location system for mobile 111 calls

1 month 2 weeks ago

Paula Bennett | Communications

Police Minister Paula Bennett, Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne, today announced a new caller location system for 111 mobile phone calls that will improve public safety and help save lives. “The new system will automatically provide emergency services with a probable location of a caller when they dial 111,” Mrs Bennett says. ...

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Techweek’17 to encourage global thinking

1 month 2 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has acknowledged the start of Techweek’17, a nationwide event that will showcase New Zealand-grown technology and innovation to the world. The annual events kicks off tomorrow and runs to 14 May. It will see more than 150 events held across New Zealand, with a theme of ‘local answers to global questions’. ...

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Techweek’17 to encourage global thinking

1 month 2 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has acknowledged the start of Techweek’17, a nationwide event that will showcase New Zealand-grown technology and innovation to the world. The annual events kicks off tomorrow and runs to 14 May. It will see more than 150 events held across New Zealand, with a theme of ‘local answers to global questions’. ...

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Techweek’17 to encourage global thinking

1 month 2 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has acknowledged the start of Techweek’17, a nationwide event that will showcase New Zealand-grown technology and innovation to the world. The annual events kicks off tomorrow and runs to 14 May. It will see more than 150 events held across New Zealand, with a theme of ‘local answers to global questions’. ...

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TVNZ board appointments

1 month 3 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges today announced a number of appointments to the Television New Zealand Ltd (TVNZ) board. Dame Therese Walsh has been appointed as the new Chair. Dame Therese has been Deputy Chair since 2015 and a Director since 2012. She replaces outgoing Chair Joan Withers who has served on the TVNZ Board since 2009.  ...

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Telco property access bill passes third reading

2 months 1 week ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

A bill that will streamline the process for installing Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) passed its third and final reading in Parliament today. Communications Minister Simon Bridges says the Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will make it faster and easier for people to connect to high-speed internet. ...

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New national cyber security unit launched

2 months 2 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges today launched CERT NZ, a new cyber security unit that will help New Zealanders respond to online threats. CERT NZ was announced as part of Budget 2016, receiving $22.2 million of funding over four years. It will serve as the first place for New Zealanders to report a cyber incident. “Secure, dependable ICT infrastructure is more important than ever before. New Zealand’s economic growth, productivity and international competitiveness are increasingly underpinned by digital technology,” says Mr Bridges. ...

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Radio spectrum fees reduced

2 months 2 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges today announced a reduction in radio spectrum fees and a simplified regime, to come into effect later this year. The changes will reduce the average annual fee for a licence from around $200 to $150 (including GST). They will also make the fees regime simpler by reducing the number of fee categories from 47 to four. “The new regime is much simpler and fairer for licence holders,” Mr Bridges says. ...

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Digital sector and Government alliance launched

2 months 3 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has today welcomed the launch of a digital sector and government alliance to explore the economic and social benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is a concept that involves connecting devices to the internet, enabling them to ‘talk’ to each other and to people. For example, smartphones might prompt people to take a specific route to an event because it has access to their current location and calendar. ...

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Trans-Tasman cable improves connectivity

2 months 3 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed today’s announcement that the Tasman Global Access cable is up and running, enhancing New Zealand’s telecommunications resilience and global connectivity. Running between Raglan and Sydney, the new standalone cable will provide an alternative to the trans-Tasman section of the Southern Cross Cable, which is the main international cable that currently carries the majority of internet traffic to and from New Zealand. ...

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NZ cyber security strategy tracking well

3 months ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

The government released its first report on the implementation of New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan today. New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy, Action Plan, and National Plan to Address Cybercrime were launched in December 2015.  The first Annual Report sets out progress under the four goals of the Strategy: achieving cyber resilience; building cyber capability; addressing cybercrime; and enhancing international cooperation. ...

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