TV3’s Paula Penfold says residential UFB is “faster than you can handle”

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 [...]

TV3’s Paula Penfold says residential UFB is “faster than you can handle” 2014-03-13T11:19:13+00:00

Battling misconceptions over residential UFB

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 [...]

Battling misconceptions over residential UFB 2013-03-14T11:15:09+00:00

UFB rolling out opportunities for working from home

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 [...]

UFB rolling out opportunities for working from home 2013-02-19T15:53:14+00:00

UFB: Beating the bandwidth queues at home

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 [...]

UFB: Beating the bandwidth queues at home 2013-02-05T13:47:02+00:00

One family’s internet revolution

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. Connecting to UFB has [...]

One family’s internet revolution 2012-11-26T15:15:26+00:00

Getting ready for UFB in Auckland

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 [...]

Getting ready for UFB in Auckland 2014-01-16T12:44:50+00:00

Gaming: UFB “gateway drug”

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 [...]

Gaming: UFB “gateway drug” 2012-04-13T14:44:02+00:00

Paying for content in future

“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) [...]

Paying for content in future 2012-04-13T14:57:16+00:00

Content is King

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, [...]

Content is King 2012-04-13T15:04:16+00:00