Gigatown is about more than Better broadband – it's about helping New Zealand “get off the grass”
In 2013, Sir Paul Callahan and Prof Shaun Hendy said in their book ‘Get off the Grass: Kickstarting New Zealand’s innovation economy’ that if New Zealand is to grow its economy more rapidly it needs to learn to innovate like a city of four million people. We need to learn to live off knowledge rather than nature.
As a nation, New Zealand is investing over $3 billion dollars in a new, multi-generational fibre network. Ultra-fast Broadband links communities, breaks geographic boundaries and provides a platform for innovation and productivity. But to really capitalise on its potential we need to be strategic in its use. We need to understand what it means for our homes, our businesses and our children’s future.
At this TUANZ After 5 Rosalie Nelson and Kurt Rogers will explore how New Zealand is transforming itself from laggard to leader on global benchmarks. They’ll evaluate the opportunities it brings to our homes, our communities and our businesses and how technology changes will impact us all over the next decade.
Rosalie Nelson has an extensive track record in analysing trends in the telecommunications market both here and overseas through Ovum and IDC, and is currently managing market strategy and insight with Chorus. She also has intimate knowledge in the broadcasting sector so can speak to the ongoing convergence.
Dunedin - 8 October 2015