Stories by Rob O'Neill, Computerworld

Telecom launches mini-modem

Telecom has launched what it says is New Zealand’s smallest 3G broadband modem, the T-Stick. The modem is less than 8cm long and 1cm thick. The T-Stick costs $49.00 on a 24-month 1GB+ Plan. Telecom's GM Mobile, Martin Butler, says the T-Stick doesn’t require an installation disk. Plug it into a laptop USB port and it will automatically start the installation. It also has a memory card slot and comes with a 1GB Micro SD memory card.

Budget 2008: Government responds on broadband

The government has announced a $500 million-plus investment in broadband over the next five years, in what it calls the first downpayment on a 10-year plan. However, the investment announcment, coming after National's $1.5 billion plan, was described as underwhelming by Telecommunications Users' Association (TUANZ) boss Ernie Newman.