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Unravelling 5G part 1: Don’t expect a big bang

Visitors to this year’s Mobile World Congress were bombarded with messages emphasising that 2019 is the year of 5G mobile. At the giant Huawei stand and a mini-conference the day before the main event the slogan was 5G is on. Many carriers announced they had either started their 5G roll-outs or will soon. Hardware and […]

Vodafone mulls moving call centre jobs

In ‘Climate of fear and anxiety’: Some 200 Vodafone staff offered voluntary redundancy, says union Chris Keall, New Zealand Herald writes: Insiders have told the Herald there is a broad expectation that around 400 of 2800 roles could go. Paris stressed in an earlier interview that there was no set number. Different departments would gain […]

Chorus network connections hit 100Mbps average

Chorus says the average connection speed across its network has now passed 100Mbps. This is ten times the average connection speed eight years ago.  Last month also saw the busiest day yet on the company’s network: total usage hit 1.815Tbps. The previous record was 1.792Tbps. Chorus network strategy manager Kurt Rodgers says 71 percent of […]

Mobile World Congress: 5G, folding phones and Huawei politics

All over Barcelona banners advertise the city’s 2019 Mobile World Congress event. The slogan is “intelligent connectivity”. The phrase is about generic as things can be in this business. What is it supposed to mean? There are answers in the eight giant exhibition halls and the numerous conference theatres that dot the event’s site. Everywhere […]

Chorus trials more-than-you-can-eat 10Gbps ahead of demand

You may be right if you think you’re not ready for or don’t need 10Gbps residential broadband. For now, it’s a niche product for a niche market. Yet it won’t be long before 10Gbps is mainstream. Next month, New Zealanders will be able to test the world’s fastest residential broadband. From mid-March, 30 volunteers will […]