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Spark Announces Plans To Evolve New Zealand’s Public Phone Booth Network

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 10:49 am | Spark

Spark has today announced plans to evolve New Zealand’s network of public phone booths, by exploring options to invest in more modern technology and capability for booths in high foot traffic areas, and over a number of years gradually withdrawing ... More >>

Spark Appoints Stephen Ponsford As New CEO For Qrious

Friday, 18 February 2022, 12:33 pm | Spark

Spark announced today it has appointed Stephen Ponsford as the new CEO for its data, analytics, and AI business, Qrious. He succeeds Nathalie Morris, who made the decision to move onto new ventures in October 2021. Stephen has been working as Acting CEO ... More >>

Spark’s New Broadband Line-up Offers Greater Transparency, Simplicity, And More Value For Less

Monday, 11 October 2021, 9:33 am | Spark

Spark has today launched a suite of competitively priced new wireless and fibre broadband plans designed to remove complexity and help customers pick a plan that best suits their households needs, while saving them up to $20 each month for unlimited ... More >>

Spark Removes Broadband Data Caps & Boosts Not-for-profit Service Nationally To Support Kiwis Through Extended Lockdown

Monday, 23 August 2021, 8:08 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[1] and are at risk of not being able to stay connected if they can’t afford to go over their existing data ... More >>

Spark Expands Uncapped Wireless Broadband To Another Half-a-million New Zealanders

Friday, 23 July 2021, 5:42 am | Spark

Spark has opened up its uncapped wireless broadband product, Unplan Metro, to more than half a million households – delivering uncapped connectivity to around 1.2 million New Zealand addresses across urban and rural areas. The expansion means that ... More >>

New Digital Inclusion Initiative Supports Refugees Entering Aotearoa

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 12:22 pm | Spark

A group of not-for-profit organisations today – ahead of World Refugee Day on Sunday – announced an initiative to support to new refugees arriving in Aotearoa. ‘Awhi Matihiko: Red Cross Digital Settlement Package’ is a collaboration between ... More >>

Spark’s New Kids’ Smart Watch To Keep Families Better Connected Near And Far

Thursday, 6 May 2021, 5:20 pm | Spark

Within New Zealand’s borders, many kids are leading fairly normal lives, taking part in school, enjoying weekend sports or other hobbies and are growing up fast. But border closures continue to physically separate them from overseas family and ... More >>

Spark Showcases 5G-powered Robotics, Gaming And Eye Care Prototypes

Thursday, 6 May 2021, 12:37 pm | Spark

Six months after being named as winners of the Spark 5G Starter Fund, four innovative Kiwi businesses are launching their game-changing technology prototypes, offering a first look at the positive outcomes 5G can bring to communities across New Zealand. ... More >>

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 >>