articles tagged 'telecommunications'

Horse's Mouth: Spark's Andrew Pirie on making broadband accessible to those who can't traditionally afford it

  • Marketing
  • October 6, 2016
  • Holly Bagge
Horse's Mouth: Spark's Andrew Pirie on making broadband accessible to those who can't traditionally afford it

It’s been over a week since Spark launched Spark Jump, an initiative to provide subsidised broadband to families in need. We chat to Spark’s GM of corporate relations Andrew Pirie about the telco’s wider social strategy, its purpose and using technology to make a difference.

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Sky and Vodafone executives answer questions on the proposed merger

  • Media
  • June 10, 2016
  • Damien Venuto
Sky and Vodafone executives answer questions on the proposed merger
(From left: John Fellet, Russell Stanners, Peter Macourt and Jason Hollingworth)

At a press conference, held on Thursday, Vodafone chief executive Russell Stanners sat alongside Sky chief executive John Fellet, Sky chief financial officer Jason Hollingworth and Sky chairman Peter Macourt, during a presentation that saw the executives outline their motivations and plans for forming the joint company. And, as is often the case with such events, the most interesting discussion happened when journalists started asking questions.

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Will trade data for data: why the tech giants are dabbling with internet connectivity—and why the telcos should be worried

  • Technology
  • October 22, 2015
  • Anthony Gardiner
Will trade data for data: why the tech giants are dabbling with internet connectivity—and why the telcos should be worried
Via Sim Ahmed

Why are the likes of Google and Facebook acting so altruistically and exploring options to provide internet access around the world? And what do their movements mean for the traditional telcos and marketers? Anthony Gardiner looks at what is destined to be a highly disruptive journey.

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Horse's mouth: Taryn Hamilton, M2 Group

  • Horse's Mouth
  • September 11, 2015
  • StopPress Team
Horse's mouth: Taryn Hamilton, M2 Group

The ISP market has been buzzing lately with acquisitions, threats of legal action and an explosion of streaming services. Taryn Hamilton, M2 Group’s general manager of consumer for Slingshot, Orcon and Flip, sits down for a chat and lives up to his reputation of being a straight talker.

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The fight against buffering: a look at the rollout of ultra-fast broadband

  • Telecommunications
  • May 15, 2015
  • Holly Bagge
The fight against buffering: a look at the rollout of ultra-fast broadband

Not too long ago the high-pitched robotic noises of a modem connecting served as our only gateway to an online world that was typified by webpages that slowly lagged into existence. Over time, the lag has reduced and ongoing roll out ultra-fast broadband (UFB) holds the promise of snuffing it out entirely. StopPress chats to a few industry players about why the roll out of ultra-fast broadband is important for Kiwi consumers.

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The changing face of 2degrees can be seen in new campaign

  • Telecommunications
  • February 17, 2015
  • Holly Bagge
The changing face of 2degrees can be seen in new campaign

Telco network 2degrees has again teamed up with Special Group for its latest ad campaign pushing its ‘Pay Monthly’ plans, one of the first ads that doesn’t feature quirky New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby.

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Spark continues to evolve, offers another subscriber perk with free Lightbox

  • SVOD
  • January 20, 2015
  • Damien Venuto
Spark continues to evolve, offers another subscriber perk with free Lightbox

Late last year, when the aroma of summer barbecues was starting to coax workers away from their desks, subscription video on-demand service Lightbox and Coliseum Sports Media (CSM) announced a joint partnership, which will see the pair of companies bring their programming portfolios together. And now, following on from this, Spark has announced that all of its approximately 600,000 home broadband subscribers (and those who sign up before 30 April) will be given 12 months' access to Lightbox free of charge. So do these moves make business sense for a telco in a very competitive market?

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Vodafone’s Matt Williams on the state of the red telco nation

  • Telecommunications
  • May 21, 2014
  • Damien Venuto
Vodafone’s Matt Williams on the state of the red telco nation

While Telecom finds itself in identity limbo and as 2degrees makes its first foray into the high-value business-owner market, Vodafone continues to sit atop the Kiwi telco pile as the network with the most active users. So, following Sunday’s release of Vodafone’s bowl cut TVC featuring James Rolleston, StopPress had a quick chat with the red network’s consumer director Matt Williams on the company’s consistency in an increasingly diversified and competitive market.

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The wait is over for Telecom's Ultra Broadband ad campaign—UPDATED

  • Advertising
  • July 16, 2013
  • Sim Ahmed
The wait is over for Telecom's Ultra Broadband ad campaign—UPDATED

Packed full of bullet-time goodness, Telecom's latest ad campaign for its Ultra Broadband products brings the anticipation of high speed antics, without having to show any of it.

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2degrees throws hat into 4G ring with $165 million BNZ loan

  • Telecommunications
  • June 20, 2013
  • Sim Ahmed
2degrees throws hat into 4G ring with $165 million BNZ loan

Telecommunications upstart 2degrees is preparing to take on Vodafone and Telecom on the 4G battlefront, rolling out a high speed mobile data network in early 2014 with the help of a $165 million cash injection from BNZ Bank.

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2Degrees CEO and his wife on crashed plane, "unlikely to have survived"

  • Telecommunications
  • March 30, 2013
  • Sim Ahmed
2Degrees CEO and his wife on crashed plane, "unlikely to have survived"

2Degrees says chief exec Eric Hertz and his wife on board crashed plane near Kawhia, "unlikely to have survived".

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UFB keeps on rolling, but uptake requires Big Two's marketing muscle and good content

  • Telecommunications
  • February 25, 2013
  • Sim Ahmed
UFB keeps on rolling, but uptake requires Big Two's marketing muscle and good content
ufb.org.nz

The government's $1.5 billion Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network is now in reach of 135,000 end users, but less than 4,000 New Zealanders have connected so far, according to ICT minister Amy Adams, and without Telecom and Vodafone to market the benefits, it's unlikely to go mainstream in the near future.

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Flip jumps on the cheap broadbandwagon, talks up free* broadband offer

  • Advertising
  • October 24, 2012
  • StopPress Team
Flip jumps on the cheap broadbandwagon, talks up free* broadband offer

Following a story in the Herald over the weekend about increased competition leading to a drop in broadband prices and increases in data allowances, new player Flip, a business in the CallPlus group of companies, and its agency Sugar&Partners decided to take the opportunity to link itself with the news and promote its offer of free* broadband with an ad in yesterday's Herald.

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