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Questions remain as Moutter moves on

Spark New Zealand managing director Simon Moutter is retiring. From 30 June customer director Jolie Hodson will take over. Moutter remade, rebranded and renamed Telecom New Zealand. He inherited a Telecom NZ that was not of his making. Moutter was the company’s chief operating office between 2003 and 2008, then spent four years as Auckland […]

Huawei New Zealand: A decade of mobile networks

I write about Huawei New Zealand’s long-term role in the nation’s mobile sector for the New Zealand Herald. Huawei has played a central role in New Zealand’s telecommunications infrastructure for a decade. The company’s New Zealand deputy managing director, Andrew Bowater, says it started working with 2degrees four years before the telco’s network was switched […]

Chorus hits half million fibre connection milestone

Chorus says it now has 500,000 Ultra-Fast Broadband connections on its network. The wholesale network company also announced plans to cut wholesale prices for the fastest connection speed. Fibre demand has accelerated in recent months. It took Chorus five years to connect the first 100,000 fibre customers. The most recent 100,000 joined in six months. […]

Football deal highlights Spark Sky TV threat

It’s no coincidence Sky TV reported a $240 million loss days after Spark won the Premier League Football rights. A thread connects the two news stories. Spark is New Zealand’s rising media power. Sky is still number one, but fading. You can’t blame Sky’s problems on Spark’s football win. The traditional pay-TV company hasn’t owned […]