The Home

When TV3 producer and journalist Paula Penfold got Ultra-Fast Broadband connected at her Westmere Auckland home in early February, one of the first things she did was tweet it to the world. “Chorus UFB up and working. I’ll be tweeting at ya faster than you can handle. No really, man is it fast.” For Paula and her husband, fellow TV […]

Selling new concepts to consumers is often problematic. Many home owners faced with door-to-door electricity salesmen in the late nineteenth century probably argued that their gas lights worked fine, and they were worried about the potential disruption and cost of installing electric cabling. It was the same switching customers from dial-up to DSL broadband in the 2000s, though a decade […]

Law firm partner Michael O’Brien knows better than most people the impacts Ultra-Fast Broadband will have on people’s ability to work from home. As an employment law expert at Kensington Swan, one part of Michael’s practice is to advise employers on the legal considerations in enabling employees to telework – something which will be greatly enhanced by UFB. Michael knows […]

Tristram Cheer lives in a busy household. As well as himself, his partner and his six-year-old step-daughter, there is a boarder in a spare room and a renter living in a garage flat. There are also lots of computers – five laptops and a PC at last count, plus all the devices (smart phones, smart TV x2, PS3, Wii, Tablet […]

Bryan Adams couldn’t wait to sign up to the Ultra-Fast Broadband trial when it came to Christchurch in mid-July. The thirty-something IT support representative was frustrated by the slow speeds and unreliable connection he was getting at his Halswell home, particularly when he was trying to work in the evenings. Things weren’t much better for his wife Paula, who was […]

Getting ready for UFB in Auckland

November 12th, 2012

The children on the walking school bus were excited. And it wasn’t just the street full of diggers, trucks, pneumatic drills and men in fluorescent jackets. No, fast internet was coming to their street – and that meant cooler games, faster downloads and maybe movies and music on the computer. The smallest five-year-old could relate to Ultra-Fast Broadband. This is […]

Question: What is the world’s biggest entertainment launch ever? The movie Avatar, which grossed $US1 billion in 17 days? No. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2? Wrong again – that took 18 days to reach the billion dollar mark. The answer is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the video game which sold 6.5 million copies in the […]

Paying for content in future

April 12th, 2012

“The internet is a massive copy machine,” says media futurist, Gerd Leonhard. “We have to find a way to help people pay for what they want in a way that works for them, not for us.” Or, to put it another way, as content providers (musicians, writers, TV producers, filmmakers, game developers, artists and more) hunt desperately for a viable […]

Content is King

April 12th, 2012

If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times: easy, affordable content, probably delivered via internet-enabled TV, is the major factor in take-up of fast broadband services almost everywhere in the world. If what experts were saying at the recent CommerceCommissionconference is anything to go by, New Zealand will be no exception. So, with 2012 a crucial time […]