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$400m Huawei investment will promote innovation and create opportunities

1 day 4 hours ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

A major investment announced by Huawei today will support our efforts to build an innovative, world leading economy, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith say. Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Huawei, has announced it will commit up to $400 million over five years to research and development and digital innovation in New Zealand. Highlights of the investment include: ...

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New Zealand broadband speeds continue to surge

1 week ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed Akamai’s latest State of the Internet Report which shows that average connection speeds in New Zealand have increased by 38 per cent since 2015. The Report shows that in the fourth quarter of 2016, the average connection speed had increased to 12.9 Megabits per second (Mbps) – a significant leap from the previous year. ...

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4G coverage available to 90 per cent of Kiwis

1 week ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Ninety per cent of New Zealanders now have access to 4G cellular mobile services – two years earlier than anticipated, Communications Minister Simon Bridges announced today. The Minister thanked telecommunications companies Vodafone and Spark for their efforts in quickly rolling out their 4G networks. ...

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UFB uptake up 13 per cent in the last quarter

1 month 1 week ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges says 31 per cent of New Zealanders with access to Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) are now connected, up 13 per cent in the last three months. The December 2016 Quarterly Broadband Update released today shows the number of households, business, schools and hospitals connected to UFB has increased from 288,790 to 327,864 since September 2016. ...

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Next steps for Telco Review announced

1 month 1 week ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Communications Minister Simon Bridges today confirmed details of the Government’s new approach to regulating fixed line communications services from 2020, and released a consultation paper which seeks feedback on the regulation of the copper network. “We need a modern communications regime that reflects our increasingly digital world and that delivers better broadband for New Zealanders,” Mr Bridges says.  ...

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Safer Internet Day reminder to be cautious online

1 month 2 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

International Safer Internet Day is a reminder for all New Zealanders to focus on staying safe online,” Communications Minister Simon Bridges says. Safer Internet Day promotes safe and positive use of technology – particularly for children and young people.  It is part of an international campaign involving more than 100 countries, and is coordinated in New Zealand by NetSafe. ...

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Ultra-Fast Broadband extended to 151 towns

1 month 4 weeks ago

Simon Bridges | Communications

Prime Minister Bill English and Communications Minister Simon Bridges today announced Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) will be extended to more than 151 additional towns, providing up to 85 per cent of New Zealanders with access to fibre by the end of 2024. The second, $300 million phase of the Government’s UFB programme was launched in Amberley, north Canterbury, this morning. ...

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Waiheke Island now fully fibred

3 months 2 weeks ago

Amy Adams | Communications

The Ultra-Fast Broadband build on Auckland’s Waiheke Island is now complete, meaning more than 5600 local homes and businesses can now connect to faster and more reliable internet, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. On hand at Waiheke Island today, Ms Adams said total private and public investment in the build totalled nearly $9.6 million, and took less than 18 months to complete after the rollout began in June 2015. ...

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Waiheke Island now fully fibred

3 months 2 weeks ago

Amy Adams | Communications

The Ultra-Fast Broadband build on Auckland’s Waiheke Island is now complete, meaning more than 5600 local homes and businesses can now connect to faster and more reliable internet, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. On hand at Waiheke Island today, Ms Adams said total private and public investment in the build totalled nearly $9.6 million, and took less than 18 months to complete after the rollout began in June 2015. ...

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Dispute resolution scheme to speed up install agreements

3 months 2 weeks ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Communications Minister Amy Adams is seeking applications from dispute resolution providers to help speed up agreements between property owners with joint access to install and maintain next generation telecommunications networks. A dispute resolution scheme is part of the Government’s Land Access reform package which will help speed up delays in situations where the consent of multiple parties is required for access to shared property, enabling a smoother installation process for all involved. ...

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Dispute resolution scheme to speed up install agreements

3 months 2 weeks ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Communications Minister Amy Adams is seeking applications from dispute resolution providers to help speed up agreements between property owners with joint access to install and maintain next generation telecommunications networks. A dispute resolution scheme is part of the Government’s Land Access reform package which will help speed up delays in situations where the consent of multiple parties is required for access to shared property, enabling a smoother installation process for all involved. ...

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New RMA standard for telco facilities

3 months 4 weeks ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Changes to the National Environmental Standard (NES) for Telecommunications Facilities will make it quicker and easier for New Zealanders to get connected to new and better communications technologies. Communications Minister Amy Adams and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the new NES for Telecommunications Facilities, under the Resource Management Act (RMA). ...

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New RMA standard for telco facilities

3 months 4 weeks ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Changes to the National Environmental Standard (NES) for Telecommunications Facilities will make it quicker and easier for New Zealanders to get connected to new and better communications technologies. Communications Minister Amy Adams and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the new NES for Telecommunications Facilities, under the Resource Management Act (RMA). ...

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Fourth international cable build now underway

4 months ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Communications Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the start of the Hawaiki cable’s build at Mangawhai Heads today. The 14,000km cable will link Mangawhai, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia to mainland USA, and become Australasia’s fastest international cable. The Government entered into a $65 million anchor tenancy contract through REANNZ to the project. “New Zealand’s demand for data is ever-increasing, and international connectivity is critical for our economy – particularly due to our geographical isolation,” says Ms Adams. ...

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Fourth international cable build now underway

4 months ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Communications Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the start of the Hawaiki cable’s build at Mangawhai Heads today. The 14,000km cable will link Mangawhai, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia to mainland USA, and become Australasia’s fastest international cable. The Government entered into a $65 million anchor tenancy contract through REANNZ to the project. “New Zealand’s demand for data is ever-increasing, and international connectivity is critical for our economy – particularly due to our geographical isolation,” says Ms Adams. ...

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Record UFB connections last quarter

4 months ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the number of premises connected to Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) has now surpassed 300,000 New Zealanders. Ms Adams has today released the quarterly broadband update to September 2016, which highlights that nearly 50,000 connections were made last quarter. At the end of September, 288,700 premises were connected out of a possible one million, and this increased to 300,000 by mid-October. “Uptake nationwide has increased to 28.3 per cent,” says Ms Adams. ...

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Record UFB connections last quarter

4 months ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the number of premises connected to Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) has now surpassed 300,000 New Zealanders. Ms Adams has today released the quarterly broadband update to September 2016, which highlights that nearly 50,000 connections were made last quarter. At the end of September, 288,700 premises were connected out of a possible one million, and this increased to 300,000 by mid-October. “Uptake nationwide has increased to 28.3 per cent,” says Ms Adams. ...

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Incredible effort restores communications

4 months ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Communications Minister Amy Adams has today thanked telecommunications companies and their field force partners for their collaborative efforts in restoring physical infrastructure to areas badly affected by last week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, and returning service close to pre-quake levels. “New Zealanders will appreciate how important communications are at a time like this as we need to know who to get to, what they need, and how to best prioritise emergency team responses,” says Ms Adams. ...

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Incredible effort restores communications

4 months ago

Amy Adams | Communications

Communications Minister Amy Adams has today thanked telecommunications companies and their field force partners for their collaborative efforts in restoring physical infrastructure to areas badly affected by last week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, and returning service close to pre-quake levels. “New Zealanders will appreciate how important communications are at a time like this as we need to know who to get to, what they need, and how to best prioritise emergency team responses,” says Ms Adams. ...

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New advisory group on smart agriculture established

4 months 1 week ago

Amy Adams | Communications

A new technical advisory group is being created to advise the Ministry of Primary Industries on how to accelerate the use of smart agriculture technology, Ministers Amy Adams and Nathan Guy have announced today. “Technology has major potential to support higher productivity and more sustainable use of natural resources in farming,” says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy. ...

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