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Huawei ban: Arguments for and against

Communications Minister Kris Faafoi says New Zealand could ban Huawei from building 5G mobile networks. In New Zealand could bar Huawei Newsroom reports: Faafoi said that companies had approached him saying they would like to use Huawei’s technology, but he said New Zealand could ultimately follow Australia in barring the company from contracts relating to […]

Telecommunications Bill resets UFB price cap

The Telecommunications Bill going through Parliament sets the tone for New Zealand’s fibre era. By 2022 around 87 percent of New Zealand’s population will have access to fibre. Many homeowners and businesses have already chosen to connect to fibre. This month Statistics New Zealand reported one in three broadband connections are now fibre. That’s up […]

Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer

Politicians are rarely good with technology. Nothing illustrates this better than the 2011 parliamentary debate over the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act. A lot of nonsense was spoken at the time. The NBR described the debate as loopy. That was kind. It was obvious the MPs had no idea what they were talking about. […]

Consider government open source, don’t mandate it

Act Party leader David Seymour wants the New Zealand government to consider open source software. In Act calls on government to support open source software at the NBR, he says the government needs to take a new approach when buying software procurement. It can save the taxpayer large sums of money. Seymour tells the NBR: […]

New Zealand companies and government tenders

“Why don’t New Zealand companies win government tenders?” asks Ian Apperley at the IITP Techblog. He writes about the institutional bias government departments and agencies have when it comes to buying technology. More often than not they’ll choose an overseas supplier when there are perfectly good and better value alternatives available here in New Zealand. […]