New Zealand’s incumbent Telecom NZ is putting to use the 700MHz “digital dividend” spectrum it paid A$140 million for in a recent government auction by launching a regional 4G service. Telecom NZ said it will launch the service in rural Waikato, covering the town centres of Hamilton and Morrinsville as well as surrounding areas late next month.
A systems failure this morning has taken a large portion of Telecom New Zealand’s nationwide users offline, leaving customers without access to online systems for several hours and with no service restoration in sight. The ongoing fault follows a planned upgrade yesterday. Telecom NZ-related sites such as telecom.co.nz and wireline.co.nz are not resolving in the global domain name system (DNS) and cannot be reached.