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New program will teach New Zealand businesses how to better harness the power of the internet

Friday, August 30th, 2013

A Digital Enablement Training program will be rolled out across New Zealand in the coming months to help small businesses take advantage of the Government’s ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and rural broadband (RBI) programs.

The program will include workshops on how UFB, RBI and other new technologies will impact on companies and identifies the opportunities it presents.

“The internet is a strong and growing marketplace,” Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams said when announcing the program. “Faster broadband can deliver greater productivity and lower costs, but small businesses need to know how to use it to maximum effect.

“Fast broadband enables businesses to connect easily to the world, and our investment in broadband will support innovation, high-tech jobs, and grow productivity.

“The Digital Enablement Training program will help these businesses understand the benefits that UFB, RBI and ICT services can bring, and help them make more sophisticated use of the tools and services available.”

The program has been supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and will be available through the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Regional Business Partner Network around New Zealand.

Adams said although nearly two million New Zealanders want to buy online, only 64 per cent of small businesses have a website and only 11 per cent offer customers the ability to pay online.

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Business set to cruise to online success

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Two New Zealand women have tapped into the the country’s tourist trade to create a burgeoning online business.

Wendy London from Hawera and Deborah DeNard of Wellington are set to launch, New Zealand’s first online guide specifically for visiting cruise passengers, in October.

Currently, the two women are accepting registrations from businesses that want to be featured on the site.

“Our target is 1500 for this season and anything above that is really cool,” London said.

The idea was born in 2005 out of Tourism New Zealand’s desire to use the internet more to promote the island nation.

“Tourism New Zealand released the 2005-2015 strategy and one of the key issues there was to ensure tourism businesses could utilise broadband,” London said. does just that, telling cruise passengers where to shop, what attractions to visit and who to call for anything they might need, all in one handy internet location.

In 2012, 130 cruise ships visited New Zealand with 755 port calls and a total of 209,000 visitors – compared to 17,000 in 1996. Contribution to GDP was $410m with 5633 jobs created.

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Average broadband speeds on the increase in New Zealand

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

TrueNet, a broadband testing company has claimed broadband speeds on fixed-lines have increased over 6 and half percent to 11.5 megabits per second over the last year.

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Trans-Tasman cable agreement made

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Southern Cross Cable has cut the price it charges for transferring internet traffic to and from New Zealand by almost 50%. The announcement came hours after a plan for a rival trans-Tasman cable took another step towards happening.

The rival cable would be owned by Axin and run by Kordia, a New Zealand state-owned enterprise.

Marketing director Ross Pfeffer, of Southern Cross Cable has said the timing was ”totally coincidental”.

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NZ ‘well positioned’ to be data centre of the Pacific

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

New Zealand could be an ideal location as a data-storage hub for the Pacific, according to Pacific Fibre chief executive Mark Rushworth.

International data centers, or locations filled with servers housing data are increasing in demand as the size of information on the internet increases.

“New Zealand (is) politically safe and neutral and would be a fantastic location for data centres between Asia and the United States.”

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International cable deal struck with Pacific Fibre

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

New Zealand will now have a second international internet link after Pacific Fibre struck a deal with US based cable company, TE SubCom.

Mark Rushworth, chief executive of Pacific Fibre said,

“Demand for international capacity in Australia and New Zealand is sharply increasing and is on track to continue growing for years to come,”

“The Pacific Fibre cable will not only provide unsurpassed high speed international connectivity to satisfy the growth in broadband demand, but it will also help Australia and New Zealand realize the potential of both countries’ multi-billion dollar broadband initiatives.”

If the plans stay to schedule, the cable is due to be operational by the first quarter of 2014.

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Telecom and Crown Fibre ultra fast broadband hold up

Monday, July 4th, 2011

A deadline to agree where the fibre for the new Ultra Fast Broadband network will be layed down has been missed. The plan was meant to be agreed on within 30 days of Telecom securing its $929 million contract with the Crown, which happened on May 24.

Telecom spokesman Ian Bonnar has said the delay is because they are working through settling on the final stages of the agreement.

“We want to make sure that we have a plan that meets the Crown’s objectives to target high-priority customers and will be delivered on time, ” said Bonnar, going on to say,

“We believe a fundamental key to successful projects is that a little more time spent up front planning significantly increases the likelihood that outcomes will be delivered on time and in full.”

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Wellington & Christchurch to benefit from UFB price war

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Ultra Fast Broadband is expected to be available to the greater Wellington region by 2019, with priority given to schools, hospitals and other “priority users” which are scheduled to be fully connected by 2015.

Wellington and Christchurch are set to benefit most due to the presence of TelstraClear’s popular triple-play InHome cable network. The product is a direct competitor to Telecom’s new network.

TelstraClear chief executive Allan Freeth has said,

“We are here to stay and compete hard and we are certainly not scared of fibre. Are they going to lower the price? Well, I can lower the price.”

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