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Broadband
Mercury launches broadband and fibre packages for NZ customers
Mercury has officially launched Mercury Broadband, giving its electricity and gas customers the ability to add fibre to their existing Mercury account.
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Wireless
ComCom finds NZ broadband compares well with Australia
A new report published by the Commerce Commission has found New Zealand's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) compares well to Australia's National Broadband Network.
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Broadband
Voyager Internet announces new pricing changes to broadband offerings
Voyager Internet is making changes to its residential broadband, voice offerings and pricing in the wake of rising third-party costs and inflation.
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Cloud
Chorus and Nokia launches first trial of 25G PON broadband
Chorus and Nokia have announced the successful demonstration of 25 gigabit per second fibre (Gbps) broadband technology at the Chorus Fibre Lab in Auckland. 
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Broadband
Telstra enters into new RSP agreement with Opticomm
Telstra has entered into an RSP agreement with Opticomm (A Uniti Group Limited subsidiary) to provide network fibre services to customers.
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Commerce Commission
ComCom appeals $2.25 million fine in Vodafone FibreX case
The Commerce Commission has filed an appeal in the High Court against a $2.25 million fine imposed on Vodafone NZ for its offending under the Fair Trading Act.
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Hawaiki Cable
BW Digital completes acquisition of Hawaiki Submarine Cable
BW Digital has completed its full acquisition of Hawaiki Submarine Cable, with all applicable regulatory filings and approvals now received.
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Cable
New high-performance cable in the works for Asia
A new high-performance submarine cable is being built to enhance connectivity between Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia.
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Cloud
Chorus enhances West Coast infrastructure for upgraded telecoms
Chorus has announced the completion of a 250km infrastructure project set to provide the West Coast with upgraded and enhanced telecommunications.
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Cloud
Chorus appoints Programmed as new caretaker for NZ sites
Chorus has appointed a new operations and maintenance caretaker for its 2,600 sites across NZ.
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Cloud
Zayo makes waves with world's longest 800G optical wave
Zayo Group has made history with the world's longest 800G optical wave, beating the former world record by 74.5km.
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Commerce Commission
Kiwis are switched on when it comes to telecommunications
The Commerce Commission says New Zealanders know what they want when it comes to telecommunications. They like new technology and the ability to use it flexibly.
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Chorus
Copper cabinet phase out to start for Chorus mid-March
Copper cabinets are soon to be a thing of the past for many Kiwis, with Chorus announcing it will switch off its first copper cabinets in mid-March.
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NeoPhonics
NeoPhotonics tech demonstration proves enhanced data center capabilities
NeoPhotonics has announced new technology components set to enhance data center and telecom networks by providing better operational support.
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Disaster Recovery
Vodafone New Zealand completes Australasian telco first
Vodafone has expanded its partnership with FiberSense to Wellington, and is the first company in NZ to utilise existing underground fibre cables.
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Cloud
DSL still experiencing rapid rates of decline in OECD countries
High-speed fibre internet continues to be the most significant player in OECD countries, with growth rates still powering ahead of DSL.
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Network Management
UCG secures Chorus contracts for fibre & network infrastructure across North Island
“UCG has proven itself to be a strong and proactive performer that understands the importance of customer, staff and delivery partner relationships," says Chorus' Andrew Carroll.
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Cloud
Chorus fibre upgrade complete with faster broadband
"We’ve been ten years building our share of the fibre network and we’re nearly done."
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Cloud
Fibre the most environmentally friendly broadband option according to new research
New research has determined that fibre is the best broadband option for consumers concerned about carbon emissions.
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Fibre
High-speed fibre overtakes DSL internet for first time in OECD countries
The need to move work and home life activities online during COVID-19 led to a record 21.15 million new fixed broadband connections in the year to end-December 2020.
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Artificial Intelligence
NEC uses AI to detect and locate optical fibre issues by analysing vibrations
NEC releases a solution using AI to detect and locate issues in optical fibre by analysing vibrations.
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Internet
Orcon launches 8Gbps broadband plan
"8Gbps is 80 times faster than our standard 100Mbps plan. This is new territory for New Zealand broadband users."
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Chorus
Commerce Commission lays out max revenues for Chorus
The estimated price-quality path for Chorus announced for consultation would cap Chorus revenues for three years from 1 January 2022 at $689 million in 2022, rising to $786 million in 2024.
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Commerce Commission
Commerce Commission maintains regulation of telco services to protect consumers
The Commerce Commission has confirmed it will keep regulation in place for three wholesale telecommunications services to continue to promote competition and protect consumers.