Posts Tagged ‘ultra fast broadband’

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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Third trans-Tasman telecommunications cable announced

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

A Chinese Government-backed consortium has revealed it will build a trans-tasman telecommunications cable connecting Sydney and Auckland.

At present, the Southern Cross Cable has a near-monopoly on internet traffic coming to and from New Zealand, whilst Pacific Fibre is bidding to connect NZ, Australia and United States via a US$400m cable.

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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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