Archive for January, 2011

Telecom fights the inevitable?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Stuff reports that Telecom has apparently ‘run out of time’ to split into two separate companies, but the company’s shareholders will be asked to vote on the company division if it gets to play a part in building the UFB network (the government’s ultrafast broadband initiative).

Previous indications were that it could be split by June, but that isn’t the case anymore as the UFB network vote would have to have happened by the end of 2010.

Telecom faces some competition in its bid for the UFB network from the alliance of electricity lines and fibre companies, RFG.

Another announcement from Telecom is due next month.

PC market slows

Friday, January 14th, 2011 reports today that sales of the PC worldwide have considerably slowed due to the emergence of tablet devices such as the iPad and technology developments in game consoles. Especially mini notebooks, which seem to have been hit the hardest with competition from the tablets.

Growth in PC sales worldwide was forecast at 4.8 percent but instead grew by only 3.1 percent.

Winners in the stats are Lenovo and Toshiba, which posted the most improved growth in the fourth quarter of 2010. Lenovo’s worldwide market share grew 21.4 per cent while Toshiba’s was up 12.1 per cent.