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Govt opens up short-term access to 5G spectrum
The government has announced plans to auction off early access to the country’s 5G spectrum by auctioning off short-term national rights to an unused part of the 3.5GHz spectrum band.
Kiwis unsure about 5G amidst health and safety concerns
New Zealanders are apprehensive about the 5G rollout, with health concerns inhibiting people's interest to make the switch.
OPPO outlines $10b vision for smart device innovation
Oppo has outlined a $10 billion roadmap to developing an ecosystem of smart devices that will drive 5G, artificial intelligence, big data, and augmented reality technologies.
Vodafone NZ publishes annual sustainability report
Vodafone legal, regulatory and sustainability director Juliet Jones says she’s pleased with the company’s progress but as always, there’s still work to do.
Wellington Airport offers travellers a sneak peek of 5G
The trial will run until December 9. But the trial is far from fully-fledged – only five users can connect to the 5G device and only for five minutes at a time.
Huawei warns of job losses as ban comes into place
The Chinese behemoth claims the ban will mean bad news economically: “without us, they are in huge trouble.”
Spark brings 5G to five South Island towns and communities
Spark has committed to delivering New Zealand’s first 5G commercial service into the five heartland communities of Westport, Clyde, Twizel, Tekapo and Hokitika.
Vodafone NZ invests in boosting energy efficiency
Vodafone says it expects to reduce its electricity usage in Aotearoa by at least 10% over the next three years through implementing a range of new technologies.
KT SAT successfully conducts 'world first' 5G satellite transmission
Korean satellite communications service provider KT SAT has claimed that it has successfully conducted the world’s first 5G transmission with a satellite connection.
5g subs to reach 2.6bn, driven by rapid developments
Average monthly data-traffic-per-smartphone is forecast to increase from the current figure of 7.2 GB to 24 GB by the end of 2025, in part driven by new consumer behaviour, such as Virtual Reality (VR) streaming.
Spark puts heartland NZ at forefront of 5G rollout
Spark will deliver 5G wireless broadband into five more South Island locations before Christmas, followed by other heartland communities from March 2020.
Consumers fail to see value of 5G, Deloitte study finds
Up to 84% of respondents said they were not prepared to pay the $15 premium operators are proposing for 5G, indicating that telcos need to better communicate the value of the upgrade to consumers, Deloitte says.
Study shows the positive social impact of mobile big data
A new GSMA study reveals the potential for big data solutions to positively impact 150 million lives over the next five years.
5G brings potential for new revenue, customers
Over 50% of enterprises believe 5G will help customer acquisition and generate new revenue streams, according to Infosys research.
5G IoT market dominated by outdoor surveillance cameras
These cameras will represent 70% of the 5G IoT endpoint installed base in 2020, before contracting to 32% by the end of 2023.
Kiwis leaders in global race for fibre adoption
Second only to Japan, New Zealanders’ fibre adoption rate is more than double the global average by population, according to IDC.
Huawei speaks about shaping a 5G future
Huawei claims it has shipped more than 400,000 5G active antenna units and more than 60 5G contracts around the world.
Growing cities need smart tech investment to meet goals
The NZ IoT Alliance chair says that as cities grow up and out, it’s time to invest in smart city tech to keep them functioning.
Telcos next biggest cash grab? Gaming
“Telcos can use the growing popularity of streaming/cloud gaming to upsell higher-speed and lower-latency fibre to the home (FTTH) packages to gamers, along with dedicated bandwidth for gaming traffic."
Spark begins NZ's 5G roll out in Otago
Spark has launched 5G wireless broadband in New Zealand to customers in Alexandra, Central Otago, with another five towns on the list to receive the improved services before Christmas this year.
Digitally transform without fear with consistent security policies
DX carries increased risk, especially as organisations extend their network operations further afield with Operational Technology (OT) and tap into new opportunities with 5G.
Telstra brings advanced VR streaming to Aus
At the recent Telstra Vantage showcase, the companies delivered an Australian first providing live, 8K VR streaming over Telstra’s 5G network with images captured by a Kandao Obsidan R 8K camera from the Gold Coast to viewers in Melbourne.
F&S: Global first responder C3I spending to near US$100 million
Providing solutions that can make cross-agency sharing and access efficient and effective will augment growth prospects, finds Frost & Sullivan.
Vodafone testing live 5G network in Auckland
Vodafone has finished five 5G site upgrades and it’s now in the network testing phases as the company gears up for its 5G launch in December.