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Commission completes review of consumer mobile phone bills
In September 2020, the Commission published an open letter to Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees asking them to share their plans for providing their customers with more meaningful product and service comparisons and to guard against overspending.
Spark opens doors to 5G & IoT innovation studio in Auckland
Spark’s Innovation Studio supports technologies across networks including 4G, 5G, Cat M1, LoRaWAN, and NB IoT.
Samsung launches first 5G Network in New Zealand
Samsung’s strategic partnership with Spark marks the country’s first new network vendor in a decade.
Spark appoints Oracle veteran Heather Graham as CEO of its cloud business
Graham will begin her role at the end of March, after a stint in managed isolation following a relocation from Austin, Texas.
Spark switches on 5G in New Plymouth & Te Awamutu
Te Awamutu is of particular significance because it is home to Spark’s third-busiest mobile cell site for mobile data usage in the country.
HP's 2020 partner award winners are...
There were many recurring names from the 2019 awards, with The Laptop Company, Ingram Micro, Cyclone, OEM Print Solutions and PB Technologies once again taking trophies back to the office.
Microsoft NZ Partner Awards winners announced
Each of the 10 winners demonstrated ‘outstanding ways they are continuing to empower customers through clever use of Microsoft technology’.
Spark's CCL signs multimillion-dollar object storage deal with Cloudian
“With public cloud soaring and the expected local entry of CCL’s strategic partner, Microsoft, in the next few years, NZ’s ICT future is certain to be hybrid."
Spark 5G helps to bring art to live in Dunedin
Dunedin Central has entered a new reality - an augmented reality that brings local street art to life.
Can the Internet of Things (IoT) make your business smarter?
Spark believes that IoT is all about empowering businesses to use data for better decision-making, and better efficiency.
Google and Spark announce virtual skills training programme for SMEs
The entirely virtual programme will run throughout November, and aims to support SMEs that see the necessity in digital transformation but don’t know where to start or need extra support.
Spark awards funding to Kiwi businesses demonstrating benefits of 5G
Each winner has showcased how 5G could bring positive outcomes to communities across New Zealand.
Spark turns on 5G in Auckland
Spark turns on 5G in Auckland and offers a glimpse into the future of smart cities with Auckland Transport.
Spark and NNNCo agree to trans-Tasman IoT network sharing
The agreement will allow businesses to implement smart tech solutions on the other side of the Tasman without needing to set up in-country operations.
Eight Kiwi businesses named finalists of inaugural Spark 5G Starter Fund
Eight Kiwi businesses were selected by Spark as finalists for the fund and are now in the running for a share of $625,000 worth of prizes.
AWS launches new edge location in New Zealand
“The launch of our first AWS edge location in New Zealand demonstrates AWS’s commitment to helping local customers innovate and build, increase productivity, expand into new markets, and enhance the nation's digital infrastructure."
Commerce Commission tells telcos to improve consumer choice
Mobile operators should improve consumer choice through easier comparisons.
Spark removes data caps on wireless broadband
Spark New Zealand has removed data caps on its Unplan Metro, giving almost a third of addresses across the country access to an uncapped wireless broadband plan.
Spark and Vodafone get behind InternetNZ's digital inclusion action plan
More than 50 organisations have now signed the plan, which was shared with Government and the public in May this year.
Spark achieves annual revenue growth, despite COVID-19 challenges
“It is a credit to Spark's people that we have delivered such a strong result, with growth on nearly all key metrics, despite the impact of COVID-19 in the final quarter."
5G arrives in Palmerston North - Spark
The city is the first location in New Zealand to have access to 5G on both mobile and wireless broadband.
Telegistics preps for new growth phase led by new CEO
Spark-owned ICT and logistics business Telegistics has a new CEO at the helm – former HP executive Victoria Mahan.
Spark completes stage one of Optical Transport Network project
The first piece of the new OTN 2 fibre network was installed between Glenfield and Papakura in Auckland, and is now live and operating at 800 Gigabit per second (Gb/s). Spark’s previous links operated at 100 or 200 Gb/s.
Spark announces next phase of landline voice calling upgrade, ends voice-over-copper services
"We are giving notice that we will no longer be selling PSTN services in Devonport and Miramar from mid-August."