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Spark NZ launches IoT network across New Zealand


New Zealand mobile telecommunications company Spark NZ has announced the launch of its Internet of Things (IoT) network, which is currently available in "60 percent of the places New Zealanders live and work." The LoRaWAN IoT network has been switched on in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Shannon, Blenheim, Nelson, and Dunedin. It will additionally provide coverage by June 2018 to Queenstown, Whangarei, Pukekohe, Gisborne, Napier, Taupo, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Timaru, Hastings, and Invercargill, with the latter two to go live within weeks. The network consists of gateways and antennas installed atop Spark NZ's 4G cell sites, with the telco using Actility's ThingPark Wireless platform, Kerlink's gateways, and Kordia to build and maintain the network. Spark NZ said it will enable business and local governments to deploy sensors across infrastructure including vehicles, machinery, rubbish bins, car parks, and livestock, with the telco saying it would cost around AU$1.79 per cow to connect each month to track location and body temperature.

Turnbull confirms Solomon Islands subsea cable


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that a telecommunications subsea cable between the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Australia will go live at the end of 2019. In a joint statement with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela, Turnbull said the Australian government will be providing the "majority" of the funding for the project, which will have landing points in Port Moresby and Honiara. "Today we affirm our commitment to deliver a high-speed undersea telecommunication cable between Australia and Solomon Islands," Turnbull and Houenipwela said. "The joint project will be a first for Solomon Islands, which is wholly reliant on satellite technology to access the internet." The project will enable Solomon Islands to improve security and boost economic growth, they added, but said the increased connectivity for Pacific Island nations would expose them to more cybersecurity risks.

Google Maps will now show you where to rent the nearest Lime scooter or bike in your city

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Finding a Lime scooter or bike in your city is now as easy as opening up Google Maps. Google said on Thursday that it's teaming up with the scooter and bike service to include them as transportation options in the app. Now, if you're close to your destination but it's still too far to walk, Google will give you the option to rent a Lime scooter or bike nearby. Finding a Lime scooter or bike in your city is now as easy as opening up Google Maps. The new feature is rolling out to day in 13 cities, including Los Angeles, Austin, Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia, among others.

Telstra triple zero outage caused by fibre fire damage


Telstra has confirmed that it is currently undertaking fibre repairs near Orange, New South Wales, to bring Triple Zero emergency services back up. We're working to restore services ASAP and are sorry for service interruptions. According to the telco, intermittent mobile voice connection interruptions across NSW, Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland had occurred since 2.05am on Friday due to a cable cut between Orange and Bowral. Routers were then restored at 4.50am, with Telstra saying mobile voice services had returned to normal; however, it said Triple Zero calls are still experiencing "intermittent interruptions". "Update: There are still intermittent interruptions to 000 calls in NSW, VIC & WA following the cable cut in NSW earlier today.

Telstra outage caused 1,400 Triple Zero calls to fail: ACMA


An Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) investigation into Triple Zero emergency call services has found that Telstra breached the rule to ensure all 000 calls on its network are carried to emergency call operators. According to the ACMA, Telstra failed to deliver 1,433 calls to the emergency service operator on May 4 due to a network outage, breaching s22 of the Telecommunications (Emergency Call Service) Determination 2009 and the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999. The outage had been caused by fire damage to fibre cables, causing mobile voice connection interruptions across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland for a period of around nine hours. The Department of Communications added that on May 26, "an unusual volume of calls were unintentionally directed from another carrier's network to Triple Zero, causing congestion". Calling the outage "complex and unprecedented", Telstra executive director of Regulatory Affairs Jane van Beelen said in a blog post on Monday that the telco carried out its own investigation too.