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Spark network and store update

Update on the Spark network Spark has now completed a full review of our network following the earthquake this morning. Kaikoura and Blenheim are experiencing the most significant connectivity issues due to damage to the fixed …

111 Service Update

The 111 operator service is up and functioning normally.However, some people have experienced, and will still be experiencing, issues calling 111 if they are in the Kaikoura or North Canterbury area, as communications in and out of some …

In the zone

New Zealand’s manufacturing sector experienced almost identical levels of expansion as August, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) for October.
The seasonally adjusted PMI for October was 55.2 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).  This was 2.3 points lower from September, and the third time in four months activity has been in the 55 point range.  The sector remains solidly in expansion in almost all months since October 2012.

BusinessNZ’s executive director for manufacturing Catherine Beard said that results over most of 2016 have been in a fairly consistent zone of expansion.
“The headline result for the first 10 months of 2016 shows expansion only varying by 2.8 points, with most months seesawing between the 55 and 57 point range.  At this stage 2016 is shaping up as better than 2015 for the sector, although the next two months will determine the extent to which the sector can keep momentum going to provide healthy levels of expansion”.  

BNZ Senior Economist, Craig Ebert, said that “although the PMI couldn’t quite hang onto its relatively high level of 57.5 in September, at 55.2 in October it was still handsomely positive – certainly well above its long-term average of 53.2”.

NZ Police Renew Dimension Data Partnership

New Zealand Police has extended its relationship with Dimension Data to provide its communication channels.

The New Zealand Police manages more than 770,000 emergency calls a year. It is responsible for providing policing services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to prevent crime and crashes.

Telephone is the primary communications channel for the public to contact the police, whether the call comes first from the emergency network or direct to the local station. Dimension Data is responsible for the day-to-day management of the mission critical unified communications infrastructure.

As part of this Dimension Data provides New Zealand Police with all of the physical phones, the network they run on and the ongoing support and management to make sure all calls are made and received seamlessly. They also ensure the phone system is integrated with other communications channels including email.

The partnership builds on the work Dimension Data is already doing with New Zealand Police across networking and other key programs of work.

The partnership successfully ensures the organisation’s key communications infrastructure is well-managed, highly available at all times, and delivered under a tight operating cost model, says New Zealand Police Network operations Manager Michael Perring.

“We are incredibly pleased with the support services that Dimension Data provide to our critical network.”

Dimension Data New Zealand CEO Jo Healey says Dimension Data is extremely proud to support the New Zealand Police in their mission-critical unified communications infrastructure.  

“The work we do with New Zealand Police is continuing to deliver excellent results.”