Spark goes rural to trial millimetre wave 5G technology

Peter Griffin, Editor. 21 July 2022, 7:29 am While our three mobile network operators are all currently operating limited 5G network coverage, some are already working on a new flavour of 5G that uses very high frequencies for more efficient data transfer. Spark has partnered with rural services provider Wrightson PPG to trial 5G millimetre […]

Why are telcos selling off their mobile towers?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 19 July 2022, 9:35 am Vodafone and Spark have sold their networks of mobile towers delivering billions in cash to the companies and mirroring a trend in telecoms infrastructure happening around the world. Vodafone said yesterday it had stuck a $1.7 billion deal to sell its towers to InfraRed Capital Partners and […]

ITP News in brief 18th July

Victoria MacLennan. 18 July 2022, 11:49 pm Kia ora koutou ITP members and supporters, the interesting times we live in continue to evolve with inflation continuing to rise, alongside our tight labour market, with Infometrix indicating a shadow of recession spreading across the domestic economy. Newsroom pose the concept of “skimpflation” is starting to emerge […]

Griffin on Tech: The lesson from Uber’s cut-throat gameplan

Peter Griffin, Editor. 15 July 2022, 12:30 pm Big Tech is leaking like never before. Last year Frances Haugen walked out of Facebook with thousands of internal documents outlining how executives ignored evidence their platforms were causing harm to users. Weeks later she was in front of the US Congress giving testimony to lawmakers who […]

NZ has the upper hand in trans-Tasman broadband comparisons

Peter Griffin, Editor. 14 July 2022, 12:35 pm Kiwis might be flying the coop to Australia seeking better job prospects and lower living costs now that the borders are open again. But if you are looking to run a digital business or just regard good quality internet connectivity as a necessity, you’d be better off […]

The gig economy and digital technology workers

Victoria MacLennan. 14 July 2022, 12:02 am The whole business model is predicated on driving down labour costs, replacing regulated employment practices (governed by employment laws) with unprotected workers – all in the name of making their service cheaper for the customer.  Reading about the Uber Files this week, and learning about their ethically questionable […]

Monday news in brief (11th July)

Victoria MacLennan. 13 July 2022, 12:01 am The interest in lifting the capability of our industry and in career / skills development – through education, the SFIA framework and other programmes – is greater than ever before. Yesterday I met with the CSAC (the Cyber Security Advisory Committee) where we were exploring skills challenges in […]

ITP news in brief (11th July)

Victoria MacLennan. 13 July 2022, 12:01 am The interest in lifting the capability of our industry and in career / skills development – through education, the SFIA framework and other programmes – is greater than ever before. Yesterday I met with the CSAC (the Cyber Security Advisory Committee) where we were exploring skills challenges in […]

The immigration rebalance and what it means for tech workers and employers

Peter Griffin, Editor. 12 July 2022, 3:54 pm Relief is on the horizon for tech firms hit by a talent shortage that is yet to let up despite our borders reopening. The Government has introduced the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), a new immigration policy for employers looking to employ migrant workers. It includes a […]

Griffin on Tech: Three Waters IT merger an opportunity to pursue ‘Water 4.0’

Peter Griffin, Editor. 08 July 2022, 2:37 pm Whatever you think of the merits of the Three Waters scheme to consolidate the country’s water infrastructure, it’s happening and will be a massive job. The water pipes, pumps and treatment plants used to manage drinking water, wastewater and stormwater and currently owned by 67 council-controlled water […]