Southern Cross Next cable will go live in July
The new cable extends New Zealand’s international data capacity by 72 Tbps. This means it is close to doubling our existing capacity to the rest of the world.
Spark is the major shareholder of Southern Cross Cables Limited, the company that operates the existing Southern Cross cable and the upcoming Next cable. Other shareholders include Telstra, which owns 25%, Singtel and Verizon.
The 15,900 km Southern Cross Next cable connects Sydney to Los Angeles with branch lines connecting New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati and Tokelau. It will be the first fiber optic connection linking Kiribati and Tokelau to the rest of the world.
Initially, the Next cable will act as the third cable in the Southern Cross network. This will give capacity a huge boost by adding 72 Tbps to the 20 Tbps on the existing Southern Cross cable. This will add an extra layer of redundancy. Eventually it will be part of the replacement for the original Southern Cross cable. The plan is to remove the old cable by 2030.
Southern Cross claims its new cable is the lowest latency connection between Australia and the United States. This is a single-span express cable that connects by the most direct route.
More underwater connectivity with the ANZ-Chile cable
CommsDay reports that a submarine cable project linking Australia and New Zealand to Chile has reached a major milestone with ongoing due diligence. The 400 million US dollars Humboldt cable will cover 14,810 km from Valparaiso to Sydney with branches including one in New Zealand.
Vodafone promises better and more reliable calls
Vodafone has enabled Enhanced Voice Services (EVS, also known as HD+ Calling) on its VoLTE and VoWiFi network. Currently, the technology only works with a handful of Samsung and Oppo phones.
The carrier says that for consumers, EVS means better voice quality and call resilience when network conditions are less than ideal. This would include during extreme weather conditions. Operators get improved network capacity through technology.
Vodafone says it has made further upgrades to its VoLTE calls with average connection time now under two seconds.
N4L Gives Chatham Islands Schools Network Upgrade
Network for Learning (N4L) says all three schools in the Chatham Islands have had a network upgrade. They now connect via the new 4G network of the Rural Connectivity Group recently set up on the islands. N4L and RCG worked with Wireless Nation on the project.
Prior to the upgrade, schools on the islands struggled with frequent blackouts due to their remoteness and rugged local climate.
Now students and teachers at Kaingaroa School, Pitt Island School and Te One School have more reliable internet connection and increased internet speed.
Kaingaroa School Headmaster Philip Graydon says the internet is three times faster than before.
“Previously, around 30% of Zoom calls would fail and drop. Since installation, no Zoom or Teams calls have failed.
Spark Sport signs agreements with UEFA and motorsport
Spark Sport has secured the streaming rights to the 2024 and 2028 UEFA European Football Championship. The tournament which sees nations compete in a tournament over the course of a month is widely known as the “the euro”.
Elsewhere in a busy week, sports streaming firm Sparks struck a deal with Discovery as the free-to-air broadcaster of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). This will return to New Zealand from September 29 to October 2 later this year.
Spark Sport manager Jeff Latch said: “It’s no secret that the UEFA European Championship is one of the biggest football competitions in the world. The addition of the 2024 and 2028 editions to Spark Sport’s existing football lineup is great news for our subscribers.
Spark Sport recently lost the rights to the English Premier League, which is the hottest football property, but still has the rights to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League , Manchester United TV (MUTV), Liverpool TV and The FA. Women’s Super League.
For motorsport fans, Spark Sport will be showing the “Pace Notes, the Road to Repco Rally New Zealand 2022” series.
Infrastructure Commission sees role of broadband as meeting challenges
Earlier this month, Te Waihanga, New Zealand’s infrastructure commission, presented its first infrastructure strategy. He says broadband and other technologies can play a huge role in helping New Zealand’s infrastructure sector cope with rising sea levels and the shift to a low-carbon economy. For more information on this, see The infrastructure committee wants a digital strategy.
Adams to lead Spark’s cloud business
Richard Adams is to immediately succeed Heather Graham as CEO of Spark’s CCL IT services business. Adams was previously the head of consumer channels at Spark and has been with the company for over a decade.
Vodafone’s Mooney on international trends
Richard Mooney, Vodafone’s Chief Strategy Officer, posted a practical five-minute reading summary of his presentation to Tuanz on the international trends his company is watching.
While there’s nothing unexpected here, it almost links to big trends and shows us what its telecom operator is thinking.
Continuous data request Data has been increasing by around 46% every year for the past decade on mobile and fixed networks. Mooney suggests breaking the idea of net neutrality and getting the video companies that are now responsible for 80% of traffic to contribute to telecommunications costs.
Hyperscalers It’s out of sight for everyday telecom users, but in the background, the biggest cloud players represent an ever-growing piece of the telecom pie.
Increased role of 5G Consumers rightly point out that they see little benefit from 5G mobile networks, but away from handsets a lot is happening, especially in business-to-business and machine-to-machine communications.
In other news…
The Australian Financial Review reports that Spark and Vodafone are moving forward with plans to sell their mobile tower networks. The AFR says Spark will retain a 30% stake in the towers and begin auctioning the remainder in June. It says Vodafone is expected to launch a tender within the next week or two.
mobile payments company
pushpay showed a 31% increase in customers and a 13% increase in operating revenue in its 2022 annual result. The company’s EBITDAF (i.e. earnings before interest, tax, depreciation , amortization and foreign exchange gains or losses) met the target of US$62.4 million. Net income after tax increased 7% from a year ago to $33.4 million.
Strong revenue and customer growth hasn’t stopped Xero
to make a loss of $9 million in its 2022 fiscal year. The cloud accounting firm passed the $1 billion-per-year milestone and increased the number of customers, but also saw its design and development expenses increase by 49%.
Southern Cross Next cable will go live in July was first published on billbennett.co.nz.
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