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Broadband: Australia watches New Zealand carnival over the hill

CommsDay reports on the TelSoc NBN Futures Forum held yesterday in Melbourne. The focus was on ‘Learning from International Experience’. Former Telstra executive and telecommunications consultant Dr Jim Holmes says looking at New Zealand’s UFB project from Australia was like “watching the carnival over the hill”. Holmes says: “NZ is declaring victory. They have produced…

Seven biggest tech moments of 2019

Every year throws up a long list of news stories, product launches and events. This year was better than most. Here are six 2019 stories that resonated with me. It’s a personal, unordered list and it’s written from a New Zealand perspective. You may have other highlights. Feel free to share them in the comments…

Fibre network done, now transformation

Writing at the Spinoff, consultant Rohan MacMahon worries about the impact of New Zealand’s recently finished fibre network. He says: “New Zealand leaves Australia for dust on internet speeds and our children are practically born using fibre, but major challenges lie ahead.” MacMahon does was part of the Crown Fibre Holdings team that oversaw the…

Unbundling fibre: Be careful what you wish for

Vocus and Vodafone want cheaper fibre unbundling. If we take their words at face value, they want fibre wholesalers to sell at a loss. That would be a disaster. It would kill the fibre companies. They would go broke. Unbundling on terms that would keep Vocus and Vodafone happy would unravel the telecommunications industry restructure…