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Latest News Blogs

as published in the Franklin County News

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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Do we need to kick up a whinny of a din too?

We woke this morning to the plaintive mooing of one of our purebred Lowline Angus cows.  Immediately we knew that something was wrong with the herd. The old girls have developed a wonderful habit of letting us know what is going on with them.  If…

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Shake up of radio spectrum misses the point

The government has a goal to grow the New Zealand economy to “deliver greater prosperity, security and opportunities for all New Zealanders”.  A key dependency of that goal is that we be well connected, which in turn depends on our access to the latest telecom…

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EVs not V8s

Just imagine.  Pukekohe Park Raceway in a time beyond April 2013. Beautiful, sleek, race cars capable of zero to 100kph in around three seconds lined up on the start grid.  Speeds down the back straight of close to 300km/h.  A whopping 544 hp, two engines,…

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The future of meat?

Imagine succulent steaks, with just the right amount of marbling to add real flavour, sizzling on the barbecue.  Find yourself salivating? Well that could be about to change in a move from US company Modern Meadow. Their name does not give a hint at how…

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Broadband and water contrasts

Multi-tasking Minister Amy Adams went to Canberra last week to talk about a number of things that will have an impact on our rural areas. As Environment Minister, she attended an Australian government meeting on environment and water issues.  “We’re interested in the work Australia…

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Focus on what matters more

Reaction was mixed to the news last month on the failure of the proposed fibre optic cable from New Zealand to the rest of the world. Some described it as “tragic news for New Zealand” while others saw it as being an “audacious thing to…

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