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Spark Launches Innovation Studio To Help Kiwi Businesses Harness The Power Of Emerging Technology

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 4:47 pm | Spark

As New Zealand continues to respond to the challenges of COVID-19 and prepares its transition to a low-carbon economy, Spark has today launched a new Innovation Studio that will support Kiwi businesses to identify how emerging technologies like the ... More >>

Spark Sets Sail For Christchurch, Launching 5G Ahead Of America’s Cup

Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 9:12 am | Spark

Spark is continuing its national 5G rollout and to kick off the year, has switched on 5G in central Christchurch – just in time for fans to watch the America’s Cup action live at the official FanZone from 10 – 21 March. Located in the heart ... More >>

Free Broadband Offered To Eligible Students To Help Bridge The Digital Divide

Tuesday, 1 December 2020, 12:29 pm | Spark

Watch the ‘Ciena Jump for Students Fund’ video A new half-a-million-dollar fund has launched today to help address digital inequity in New Zealand by providing free in-home internet access to eligible students in decile 1 high schools. The ‘Ciena ... More >>

Spark Launches 5G In Dunedin And Brings Local Street Art To Life

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 12:01 pm | Spark

Spark has turned on 5G in the streets of Dunedin Central and in partnership with local innovators Animation Research Limited (ARL) will bring to life local street art with a one-of-its-kind augmented reality experience, available to the public ... More >>

Spark Awards Funding To Four Kiwi Businesses Who Demonstrate True Benefits Of 5G For New Zealanders

Friday, 30 October 2020, 11:33 am | Spark

Four innovative New Zealand businesses have been selected as winners of Spark’s 5G Starter Fund, securing a share of $625,000 to bring some of the country’s first 5G-powered ideas to life. Each winner has showcased how 5G could bring positive outcomes ... More >>

Spark Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 8:57 am | Spark

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s CBD with the power of 5G. 5G is ... More >>

Spark NZ Enters A Trans-Tasman IoT Network Sharing Agreement With Australian Network Operator

Monday, 12 October 2020, 9:47 am | Spark

Spark New Zealand has entered a Trans-Tasman agreement with Australia’s longest-running LoRaWAN network operator, The National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo). The agreement is the first of its kind in the region and will enable mutual access across the respective ... More >>

Inaugural Spark 5G Starter Fund Step Closer To Turning Novel Ideas Into 5G Innovations

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 11:11 am | Spark

Finalists named in inaugural Spark 5G Starter Fund step closer to turning novel ideas into 5G innovations Eight leading-edge Kiwi businesses have been selected by Spark as finalists in its inaugural Spark 5G Starter Fund and are now in the running ... More >>

Spark Unveils First-of-its-kind 5G-powered America’s Cup Sailing Experience To Public

Monday, 28 September 2020, 4:02 pm | Spark

Spark has today launched its 5G Race Zone, an immersive multi-sensory experience that gets New Zealanders closer to the America’s Cup than ever before. The ultimate preview of Spark’s 5G network, a month out from its launch in Auckland, the 5G ... More >>

Spark Lifts Broadband Data Caps To Support Aucklanders As They Re-Enter Lockdown

Friday, 14 August 2020, 7:53 pm | Spark

Spark today confirmed it will be waiving data overage charges for all customers who are on data-capped fixed and wireless broadband plans and are at risk of losing access if they can’t afford to go over their existing data limits. This applies ... More >>

New CEO And Ambitious Growth Planned For Telegistics

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 10:50 am | Spark

  Telegistics has appointed a new CEO Victoria Mahan and has an ambition to grow substantially over the next three years. Telegistics, a subsidiary of Spark New Zealand, already has a portfolio of products from vendors like Cisco and Nokia, ... More >>

Spark Starts Roll Out Of New Faster, ‘self Healing’ Network Technology

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 12:12 pm | Spark

Spark has completed the first stage of its next generation Optical Transport Network (OTN 2) that has ‘self healing’ capabilities to automatically restore services after things like natural disasters. It is believed to be the first time these ‘self ... More >>

Spark Announces Next Phase Of Landline Voice Calling Upgrade

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 10:51 am | Spark

Spark is starting the next phase of its landline voice calling upgrade, starting with 1,000 home and business customers spread across Devonport, Auckland and Miramar, Wellington. The upgrade will move customers off an end-of-life voice calling technology ... More >>

Spark Announces Apple Offer With Two For One Deal On The Latest Apple Watch Series 5

Friday, 15 May 2020, 10:57 am | Spark

Spark is helping to keep Kiwis connected even if they leave their phone at home, with an unprecedented offer that is bound to excite Apple fans - a two for one deal on the latest Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular). To take up the offer, simply ... More >>

Spark Welcomes Spectrum Allocation And Prepares For 5G Rollout Over The Next 12 Months

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 3:04 pm | Spark

Spark welcomes spectrum allocation and prepares for 5G rollout over the next 12 months Spark today welcomed the announcement of the direct allocation process of 5G spectrum, with the Company to be offered management rights to 60 MHz of 3.5 GHz ... More >>

Spark teams up with Microsoft to bring Xbox All Access to NZ

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 10:29 am | Spark

Spark announced today it is the exclusive partner for Microsoft’s Xbox All Access program in New Zealand, offering a simple and affordable new way to get the best in gaming with Xbox. Beginning today, both new and existing Spark customers can join ... More >>

Spark’s New Endless Data Mobile Plans Offer More Freedom For New Zealanders

Monday, 4 May 2020, 10:16 am | Spark

Providing more freedom for New Zealanders, Spark has unveiled its new Pay Monthly and Prepaid Mobile plans which offer an endless supply of data in addition to great deals on Spotify. Available to new and existing Spark customers, the new plans offer ... More >>

Lockdown by the numbers – how kiwis connected over 33 days

Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 9:06 am | Spark

Over 33 days in lockdown Spark and Skinny’s wireless broadband network traffic increased by 40%, with more than 17,000 terabytes of data used in total, calling volumes on mobile increased by 60% at peak, and kiwis benefited from over 3,300 terabytes ... More >>

Spark Sessions Connect Kiwis Through Music

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 2:39 pm | Spark

As the country settles into life in lockdown, Spark is bringing music into homes across New Zealand through Spark Sessions, a series of streamed events featuring Kiwi artists. Delivering a mixture of live and pre-recorded content streamed through ... More >>

Daily broadband usage moves to weekend levels

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 8:15 am | Spark

As New Zealanders adapt to their ‘new normal’, Spark’s network has seen a shift to a ‘7-day weekend’ – where broadband usage volumes during the week now resemble usage volumes over the weekend pre-COVID-19, and weekend peak usage is elevated further ... More >>