Story image

Chorus and Spark comment on the impact of last night’s storm

Chorus' copper and fibre networks are largely operating as usual in most parts of New Zealand despite the storm across many parts of the country.

The majority of the issues on the networks have been caused by power outages. 

The multiple power outages mean that some Chorus sites (cabinets and exchanges) are running on battery backup systems or generators which will help keep cell and radio sites running.

In the North Island, the biggest impact is being felt in the Auckland and Taranaki regions. 

The estimated time for power to be restored is variable across the region, as power companies continue to assess the damage.

In total, about 6000 households and businesses on Chorus’ network in the storm-hit areas are without phone or broadband services. 

Chorus’ service companies have increased the number of technicians available so they can deal with outages as quickly as possible, but the health and safety of technicians take priority and they will only access sites if it is safe to do so.

Technicians will prioritise medical escalations as they are raised by retail phone and broadband providers.

Spark is facing similar issues to Chorus. 

Spark’s network has not sustained any physical damage as a result of the storm. 

However, due to power outages caused by the severe weather overnight, 50 Spark cellphone towers around the country are currently offline, and a number of others are running on battery power. 

A Spark spokesperson comments, “Where possible, we’re deploying generators to restore power to some cell phone towers this morning.”

As the majority of the affected cell phone towers are in the greater Auckland area, customers may still receive some mobile coverage from other cell phone towers in their area. 

However, customers may experience slower than usual mobile data connections as the load increases on the remaining towers.

Broadband and landline customers in areas that have experienced power outages may also be experiencing a loss of service.

Apple's AirPods now come with 'Hey Siri' functionality
The new AirPods come with a standard case or a Wireless Charging Case that holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.
NZ investment funds throw weight against social media giants
A consortium of NZ funds managing assets worth more than $90m are appealing against Facebook, Twitter, and Google following the Christchurch terror attacks.
Poly appoints new A/NZ managing director, Andy Hurt
“We’re excited to be bringing together two established pioneers in audio and video technology to be moving forward and one business – Poly."
Unity and NVIDIA announce real-time ray tracing across industries
For situations that demand maximum photorealism and the highest visual fidelity, ray tracing provides reflections and accurate dynamic computations for global lighting.
NVIDIA announces Jetson Nano: A US$99 tiny, yet mighty AI computer 
“Jetson Nano makes AI more accessible to everyone, and is supported by the same underlying architecture and software that powers the world's supercomputers.”
Slack doubles down on enterprise key management
EKM adds an extra layer of protection so customers can share conversations, files, and data while still meeting their own risk mitigation requirements.
NVIDIA introduces a new breed of high-performance workstations
“Data science is one of the fastest growing fields of computer science and impacts every industry."
Apple says its new iMacs are "pretty freaking powerful"
The company has chosen the tagline “Pretty. Freaking powerful” as the tagline – and it’s not too hard to see why.