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Covr review: D-Link mesh fails to fix Wi-Fi woes

D-Link’s NZ$600 Covr attempts to help home users fill Wi-Fi blackspots. I say attempts because the results are hit and miss. Most of the time it misses. The kit first arrived at Castle Bennett in May. I tried and failed to make it work at the time. This week I tried it again and got […]

Spark to start New Zealand 5G network build by 2020

Spark says it is on track to begin rolling out a 5G mobile network in 2020. The company says services will go live later that year. This confirms the date the company has already¬†said it would begin its next generation network build. It depends on the spectrum becoming available, then an auction or other form […]

Preparing New Zealand’s path to 5G

In 2015 I travelled to Shenzhen in China to learn more about 5G mobile technology at Huawei’s headquarters. Huawei’s brand is best known in New Zealand for phone handsets. That is only part of the company’s story. Huawei is also the world’s largest telecoms-equipment-maker and a world-scale economic powerhouse. Spark New Zealand and 2degrees use […]

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 […]