Monthly archive for October2012

Wanganui – NZ’s leading Intelligent Community

Wanganui is the first New Zealand city to be honoured by US-based Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) as one of the ‘Smart21’ finalists to their 2013 Intelligent Community Awards. It is a big deal for Wanganui to join the likes of Singapore, winner of the inaugural…

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Small scale wind turbines

Wind turbines for electricity generation have both benefits and costs to our society.  The benefits include them being a ‘green’ source of renewable energy.  The costs include them being a hazard to birds, a source of visual and noise pollution for people close to them,…

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Telco competition the key to world ranking

The average cost of our telephone services, mobile calling and fixed broadband services are amongst the more expensive in the world according to an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report.  Combined, they rank us at 48th (out of 161 countries) on the price scale, similar to…

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A Morse code message to the government

Established in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union, the ITU standardised the SOS signal from the work of Samuel Morse to enable our first means of international telecommunications. As a specialist agency of the United Nations, the ITU, now known as the International Telecommunications Union,…

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The issue is more than political hypocrisy.

Chinese telco equipment manufacturers, Huawei and ZTE, are in the news big time this week with the release of a US Congressional report naming them as threats to the US national security interest. Huawei is the world’s second largest supplier of telco equipment and ZTE…

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Woohaa. Ultrafast Broadband is on its way to Franklin

Franklin residents may welcome the news last week that Chorus will commence its roll out of ultrafast broadband in Pukekohe and Waiuku as planned in July 2013. Chorus seem pretty happy in confirming plans for the third year of its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) deployment.  The…

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