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End of the line for copper

Paul Brislen. 20 January 2020, 7:18 am

The end is nigh for copper services, with the Commerce Commission identifying the first areas where fibre will be the default service.

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Brislen on Tech: The year ahead

Paul Brislen. 17 January 2020, 4:00 pm

I'm writing this from my secret lair in the Coromandel, thinking I might have to either sit in the hammock later or pack up the car for the trip home. I am as yet undecided.

But Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to the future. The year is 2020 and while the world is in turmoil we have at last seen off the Skywalkers, so it's not all bad.

Two things have struck me this week, both to do with Fibre.

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Productivity Commission on the trail of frontier firms

Sarah Putt. 14 January 2020, 4:50 pm

A new year and another inquiry being undertaken by the Productivity Commission, this time into Frontier Firms. What are they exactly, and why should we care?

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Top 10 in tech for the decade (continued)

Sarah Putt. 19 December 2019, 7:26 am

Tech has taken on a more dystopian feel this decade. Where once we may have greeted each new idea with wide-eyed enthusiasm, we now consider the downside first. Here is the second half of my top ten i…

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Top 10 in tech for the decade

Sarah Putt. 17 December 2019, 7:26 pm

As we approach the festive season, it's customary to post a top ten in tech summarising the previous 12 months, but as 2019 is the last year in the 2010s, I thought I'd go all-out and attempt to sum u…

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Vodafone wins 5G bragging rights

Paul Brislen. 11 December 2019, 9:12 am

Vodafone has won the race to launch its 5G network, offering service on 100 cellsites around the country.

What does it mean for the country, for the UFB and for those who are desperately worried ab…

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We could zoom to the Moon, or float out to Mars

Sarah Putt. 10 December 2019, 8:00 am

Students from the aptly named Hope School in the Tasman District have won the chance to talk online with a NASA astronaut, in the latest effort by the NZ Space Agency to get the country excited about …

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Have you ever tried to place an advert with NZME, Stuff, Mediaworks or TVNZ?

Sarah Putt. 03 December 2019, 9:00 am

There is a popular narrative about the state of New Zealand media in the past decade, it goes like this:

Traditional media is on its knees because Google and Facebook are taking the lion's share of…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 29 November 2019, 4:00 pm

Leadership and culture came to town this week with a visiting head of state... sort of.

And why is it that transport can't seem to get tech right? Perhaps they should take a leaf out of Dunedin Cit…

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The internet is broken, its founder wants to fix it

Sarah Putt. 28 November 2019, 8:39 pm

Imagine if your legacy changed the world forever but not in a way you had hoped. That is a summation of the position that Tim Berners-Lee, the Inventor of the Internet, says he is in right now. But he…

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Disney enters the 'streaming wars'

Sarah Putt. 21 November 2019, 7:45 pm

The so-called 'streaming wars' became a little more combative last week, with the arrival of Disney+ in New Zealand. This adds yet another entertainment service to an increasingly crowded market.

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