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America isolates Huawei — dangerous move with few winners

President Donald Trump's latest attack on Huawei did not come as a surprise. Earlier this month the US banned American companies from using equipment made by firms that pose a risk to national security. Chinese technology giant Huawei wasn't named. It wasn't necessary. Everyone got the hint. At the same time, the US government asked [...]

Telecommunications still most complained about industry

Once again telecommunications is New Zealand's most complained about industry. It's a story we've heard over and over. The latest report is MBIE's New Zealand Consumer Survey 2018. Almost one in three people buying a home service experienced a problem. That's according to According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. The most common [...]

Fibre regulation: Commerce Commission looks past 2022

A Commerce Commission paper released this week reveals likely future fibre network regulation. The paper is a blueprint for how the industry will work once the UFB roll-out completes in 2022. There are no surprises. It is a response to last year’s Telecommunications Act. The Act requires the commission to set up utility-style fibre network [...]

Infratil can unlock hidden Vodafone value

Infratil is among the few companies able to unlock Vodafone New Zealand's value. There is untapped potential. It may not be immediately obvious to other potential buyers. That potential didn't excite enough interest when the company was taken on the road after the Sky TV merger failed. Presumably, buyers looked in the wrong direction. Most [...]

Digital divide targeted in government inclusion blueprint

Getting more New Zealanders online is the government's goal with its Digital Inclusion Blueprint. The plan is to bridge the digital divide and make sure people don’t miss out as more and more vital services move on to the internet. Government Digital Services Minister Megan Woods launched the blueprint on Friday. She says: “Some people [...]