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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 13 July 2018, 3:00 pm

Lots going on in the telco land this week. First off, the Commerce Commission has reasserted its rights to oversee roaming into the future.

Roaming - the ability to acquire regulated access on to a competitor's equipment - is the cornerstone of a competitive market and without a strong co-location and roaming agreement, 2degrees wouldn't have been able to launch a national network in New Zealand.

[PLUS: Privacy and Piracy...]

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ComCom keeps its eye on mobile roaming

Sarah Putt. 10 July 2018, 10:15 am

Despite three mobile network owners operating in New Zealand, the Commerce Commission isn't convinced there is sufficient competition to remove national roaming from the list of services it oversees.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 22 June 2018, 2:29 pm

Some things just shouldn't happen. First, paying the ransom. Second, breaking the internet, and third, expecting telcos to get along.

But somehow, all three of these happened lately - or at least someone had a crack at it.

Check out TechBlog Editor Paul Brislen's views on tech issues this week.

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Net Neutrality - could US changes influence NZ?

Sarah Putt. 21 June 2018, 3:45 pm

Net neutrality continues to be undermined by US law, following a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal regulations created under the Obama administration. In the latest setback, th…

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Who will pay for the user voice in fibre regulation?

Sarah Putt. 19 June 2018, 8:55 am

With new telco legislation wending its way through Parliament, the Commerce Commission is suggesting a new levy could fund a consumer panel, as well as its own work, when the Telecommunications (New R…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 15 June 2018, 4:15 pm

I remember my first trip to Fieldays in 1983. We'd just arrived in New Zealand (literally only days before) and off we went to see this spectacle of New Zealandness. It rained.

The six-wheel offroa…

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End of an era - Stanners to depart Vodafone

Paul Brislen. 13 June 2018, 6:59 am

After 13 years at the top, Vodafone New Zealand boss Russell Stanners is stepping down, paving the way for former Spark exec Jason Paris to take the helm later in the year.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 08 June 2018, 3:34 pm

Computers aren't what they used to be. In the old days (y'know, Windows 98 era) they were big beige boxes that sat on the desktop taking up far too much room and firing up the fan on an inconsistent b…

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Unbundling fibre

Sarah Putt. 07 June 2018, 3:36 pm

Telecommunications is an interesting sector - a company's competitor can also be its partner and its customer. That's how you get a situation where the second and third largest players in the fixed li…

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Tackling the digital divide

Sarah Putt. 05 June 2018, 3:08 pm

As each phase of the national broadband rollouts - Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) and the second stage of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI2) - is completed, many are asking if the digital divide is no …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 18 May 2018, 5:13 pm

What's in the Budget for the tech sector?
What FAANG all about and should we worry?
The Net Neutrality bill is sent packing. But the fight's not over yet.

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