Spark's offer a good sign of the future

MEDIA RELEASE Tue 20th Jan 2015

Sparks offer a good sign of the future

TUANZ welcomes the announcement today by SPARK that they will offer to their over 600,000 broadband customers a free 12 months subscription to the video streaming service LIGHTBOX.

“As we see the continued development of our broadband infrastructure, this sort of innovation is a sign of our future. High speed internet has the potential to improve both our personal and commercial lives if we take advantage of the benefits it offers" Craig Young, CEO of TUANZ said.

TUANZ believes that New Zealanders are more than willing to participate in this digital future if these sort of approaches are made more mainstream, and today's announcement does just that. At the end of last year TUANZ members made it clear in a members survey, the increased interest in the convergence of TV and the online world. "We encourage this increase in content delivery over broadband and will be taking a lead in educating users and our members on these opportunities" said Mr Young.

"We also understand that as LIGHTBOX is ISP independent, that other service providers could look to offer similar deals. We look forward to seeing this happen to enable continued competition in this space"

ENDS

.nz domain name changes - act now before your options expire

You may be aware that any person or business can now get shorter .nz domain names – for example, anyname.nz - in addition to all existing registration options like ‘.co.nz’, ‘.org.nz’ and ‘.net.nz’. 

You should already have heard from your provider about this change and what it means. We don’t want you to miss out on any special options available to you - options which will expire on 30 March 2015 - so read on for a reminder.

You could have preferential eligibility

If you already have a website or email address ending with .nz, you could be able to register or reserve the shorter .nz version of your domain name before anyone else. To see if you have preferential eligibility, talk to your .nz provider or visit the Domain Name Commission’s anyname.nz site, which also explains how you can go about registering or reserving the new kinds of domain names.

Preferential eligibility expires 30 March 2015

If you are eligible to register or reserve the shorter version of your name, you need to decide if you want to do so by 1pm, 30 March 2015.  If you don’t, then the shorter version of your domain name will become available for someone else to register. Even if this happens, though, your existing domain name will still be yours as long as it remains registered to you.

‘Conflicted’ names dealt with at anyname.nz

Some .nz domain names are ‘conflicted’, which means they’ve been registered in at least two different second levels. For example, you might hold the .co.nz version, while another person might hold the .net.nz or .org.nz version.

If your name is conflicted you’re able to go to the Domain Name Commission’s anyname.nz site and lodge a preference for who might get the new, shorter .nz version of the name. There’s no date or time limit for lodging a conflict preference.   

Remember…

  • Check your eligibility at anyname.nz or by contacting your provider.

  • If you’re eligible to register or reserve the short version of your name, you’ve only got until 1pm, 30 March 2015 to take action.

  • Registering is done through any .nz provider. Reserving is done on the anyname.nz site.

  • Anyname.nz is also where you can lodge a conflict preference if the short version of your name is conflicted.

For more information about this change to .nz domain names and what it means for you, contact your provider or visit anyname.nz.

 

Welcome to Wiki New Zealand

This year at TUANZ we are going to talk a lot more about how the new broadband networks can be used to improve both our commercial and personal lives.  One of those ways is accessing information that might have previously been available but only to those in the know.  So, it was great to be able to meet Lillian Grace (@GracefulLillian) this morning - she is the FOUNDER and CHIEF (yes, thats on her business card) at WIKI NEW ZEALAND.(@WikiNewZealand)

Their mission at WIKI NZ is getting people to use New Zealand’s data, and to be the place to play with New Zealand’s data.  

According to their website, there is a vast amount of data freely available on New Zealand and its position within the global context. However, to extract this data into a useable form requires time and skill.  Wiki New Zealand brings data together in one place and in accessible formats. Topics are presented from multiple angles, wider contexts and over time. Presenting this data in similar forms invites users to compare, contrast and interpret it easily and without bias.

Their current website is a good place to start playing with but Lillian this morning gave me a demo of the new backend (called Grace), and I saw some of the new front end design that will be live in February so make sure you have a look back at their site later that month.

It's great to see this sort of initiative taking place and we will look to work further with WIKI NZ as more public data and information becomes available. 

NZ Broadband speeds increasing - there's more news

My last blog post of 2014 was to draw attention to the latest TrueNet results around the increasing speeds of broadband access in New Zealand - and now over the break (well, the kiwi summer break) comes the latest report from Akamai.  This tells a slightly different story and comes out with different numbers but again indicates average speeds continue to increase.

In the APAC region Indonesia had the largest yearly increase in average peak connection speeds at 166% (as measured by Akamai) while we were in the next 'tier' grouped with Singapore and China where average peak speeds were up more than 50% over the previous year.  Unfortunately that increase still only puts us on 50th spot when ranked globally (at an average peak speed of 32.2 Mbps), 6 places behind Australia, but with Hong Kong out in front with a peak speed of 84.6 Mbps.  When looking at average connection speeds (rather than peak) we come out at 42nd globally (Australia is at 44th) with an average of 7 Mbps.

Two other interesting measures that Akamai report on is the percentage of connections above certain speeds - New Zealand is reported as having 14% of connections at over 10 Mbps average, and 77% of connections at over 4 Mbps.  Obviously, we want these numbers to continue to climb, and expect them to as new technologies are taken up by users. 

Akamai also publish numbers around connection speeds on mobile networks with New Zealand reporting average connection speeds of 3.3 Mbps and a peak of 21 Mbps. We remain behind Australia in these measures, and considerably behind the APAC leader, South Korea, with average connections speeds of 18.2 Mbps.   Expect the numbers for New Zealand to continue to improve as the new 4G networks continue to be rolled out. 

You can find the details of the report on the Akamai website.