Chorus pushing away business with security review

I had heard some rumblings in the industry in recent weeks about Chorus reviewing its financial security arrangements with retail service providers (RSP’s) and then coming to them asking for 2 x their monthly spend as security. Today our account manager asked us for just that. The official line is that they are doing this …

Australia: Good to be an ISP/bad to be an end user

At the APRICOT conference this week it has been interesting to meet so many people that operate outside of Australia or NZ that have assumed Australia would provide better internet options for end users than NZ. This assumption is completely wrong and Australia will be hard pressed to catch up to NZ within the next …

Direct release notes – 18/02/2016

Hi all, the first release of 2016 for our user portal “Direct” has been applied, so here is a bit of a rundown on the new features. We are continuing to focus on adding functionality and visibility for our end users, and this week we have specifically focused on our channel partners. Verse IP Telephony …

Reckon awards DTS trans-Tasman network management contract

DTS to provide management of Reckon’s network infrastructure across New Zealand and Australia. Sydney, Australia 11th January, 2016 Reckon Limited (ASX: RKN) have appointed DTS to manage their network across New Zealand and Australia in a new two year deal. The agreement encompasses all network routing and security devices and includes several migration and network …

DTS extends scope of services to include network management and professional services

Network management is a complex job. We are making it easier and less costly for our clients. Connecting offices, configuring routers, managing firewall policies, coordinating managed switches, planning capacity requirements. These tasks gets more complicated as businesses grow. DTS has been providing managed WANs to corporate and enterprise customers for years, now we are extending …

When to price match

As Bill Bennett recently stated in an article on the NZ Telco Levy, the telco game is not one with high margins. Prices have dropped massively in the last few years, and they seem to be falling further despite regulated costs. So, in a market full of increasingly desperate players seeking to gain market share …

2015 Wrap

After a year that is a blur of travel, time in the office, too many spreadsheets, wins, losses, and market changes, it is time for my last post for 2015. So, what’s happened this year? The market Big companies bought other companies, and a few merged. In general, the market continued to consolidate, with Vocus …

South Pacific undersea cable market heating up

We had some big news this week as we learned of a third undersea cable, the Moana, which will be built by Alcatel-Lucent and will connect NZ to Hawaii. With a fair bit happening in this space, I thought it would be a good idea to provide a brief overview of the current plays and …

How MyRepublic proved Gbps speeds aren’t required

Last week MyRepublic released a new Gbps UFB service which is aimed at the SME market and allows unlimited data usage at $499 p/month. Some comments made by Jesse Archer of Full Flavour to NBR relating to the news caught my eye, and while I am late to the party, I thought it worthwhile pointing …

IPv6 is finally getting some love

The world is running out of IPv4 address space, and for some reason this subject remains a boring distraction for most. IPv6 is an alpha numeric, next generation IP address protocol, and is the heir apparent to the current IPv4 address protocol (used by everyone on every connected device) which is about to be exhausted. …