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5G backhaul: How to deliver promised performance

For 5G to deliver its promise, carriers need to use higher frequencies than today’s mobile networks. Higher frequencies means more bandwidth. This can deliver faster data and more connections per square kilometre. As a rule, higher frequency radio signals travel over shorter distances. Higher frequency sites will be useful in areas of high population density. […]

Service quality needs Commerce Commission scrutiny

The Commerce Commission says retail telecoms service will be one of its priorities for the next year. While the telecommunications industry gets more than its fair share of political and regulatory scrutiny, there is unfinished business. The Commerce Commission’s timing makes sense. The first phase of the UFB fibre build finishes over the next 12 […]

Vodafone wireless broadband offer: Reality check

Vodafone says it will offer fixed wireless broadband to customers who are ‘frustrated’ waiting for a fibre connection. Customers signing for 12 months of the Vodafone Ultimate Home Fibre plan get an Ultra Hub Plus modem as part of the deal. In a media release, Vodafone says this will give them a “mobile broadband connection […]

Closing New Zealand’s rural-urban digital divide

Clare Curran says: “We have to do more than better connectivity”. The minister for broadcasting, communications and digital media was speaking about the digital divide at last month’s Tuanz Rural Connectivity Symposium in Wellington. https://twitter.com/clarecurranmp/status/1011468050825007104 Curran names ‘closing the digital divide by 2020‘ as one of her two big goals. The other is for technology […]