Vodafone is out in front in New Zealand's 4G race, but it will not be all smooth sailing.
Darren Greenwood keeps his feet on New Zealand's shaky ground and his head up in the long white cloud.
<p>Darren Greenwood has been in journalism, not all of it IT, since the days of typewriters and long before the web spun its way around the world.</p><p>Coming from Yorkshire, he can be blunt, and though having resided in New Zealand, as well as Australia, for quite some time, he insists he is not one of the 'sheeple!'</p>
Both sides of New Zealand politics are to blame for the environment that Telecom NZ now operates in.
Of all the companies in the ICT sector known for having a good reputation, IBM is one of the leaders. But this week, the giant tripped up in New Zealand.
It took the dastardly Telecom New Zealand to come up with a realistic plan working with Vodafone NZ and Telstra to finally deliver on this long awaited cable project.
New Zealand's boys in blue have been armed with iPhones and iPads in an initiative designed to save time and money.
New Zealand is inching towards 4G LTE mobile coverage with a trial to see how people will use the new network.
You cannot please everyone. On the one hand, there are people wanting to remain off the beaten track; and on the other, we have people calling for better rural connectivity.
It seems we can discriminate between the "unlawful" downloading of music and the "unlawful" downloading of video.
The dash to digital looks set to have claimed yet another victim.
A push towards the cloud with earlier and more widespread adoption than would otherwise be the case, may well be Kim Dotcom's contribution to the tech scene.
The online world could well lay waste to the streets of retailers we once knew.
It's now not worth the effort of buying cheap mobile phones in the UK and taking them back to New Zealand.
I have grave misgivings over corporate welfare, especially in the tech sector.
There's been some controversy over the tax paid in New Zealand by multinational companies, particularly those in the tech sector.
Once people realise teleworking gives more freedom on where to live, I am sure many will prefer a roomier house with garden as opposed to a cramped little box, even if it is farther away from the office.