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Celebrating 25 years of support for Kiwi researchers 26 March 2019

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is celebrating 25 years of investment in excellent, science through the Marsden Fund, New Zealand’s premier fund for investigator-led research.

A new Data Science Call for Proposals will be released in coming weeks 12 March 2019

In late 2018 we issued a Call for Proposals for a Data Science Research Platform. After careful consideration we did not continue with this investment approach, but remain committed to an investment in data science.

Spectrum rights renewals in 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands 12 March 2019

Existing spectrum rights in the 2100 MHz and 1800 MHz bands will be mostly renewed to ensure mobile network operators can continue to provide 3G and 4G phone services, while freeing up some spectrum for other uses, the Government has announced.

Ultra-fast broadband uptake hits 50% mark 01 March 2019

About half of New Zealand homes and businesses have connected to faster, more reliable broadband across the 121 centres where ultra-fast broadband (UFB) is available, according to the latest government report.

5G on track for 2020: 3.5 GHz spectrum the first available 28 February 2019

The first allocation of 5G spectrum will be the 3.5 GHz band, with national rights to this portion of the spectrum expected to be auctioned early in 2020.

Consultation to help shape future NZSL video interpreting and relay services 28 February 2019

A public consultation has begun on proposals to modernise telecommunications services for people who are Deaf, deafblind or have hearing or speech impairments.

Review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification 25 February 2019

The anticipated review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) is now underway, and will run until 2020.

Broadband extends to 99.8% of population 18 December 2018

The Government has announced significant additional rural broadband and mobile coverage will be deployed around the country over the next four years due to the expansion of the Rural Broadband Initiative phase two (RBI2) and the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF) programme.

$49 million Investment contract for Antarctic Science Platform finalised 26 November 2018

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has signed a $49 million investment contract with Antarctica New Zealand to deliver underpinning, longer-term Antarctic science with critical benefits for New Zealand.

Research to combat myrtle rust and kauri dieback 20 November 2018

A funding increase of $13.75 million over three years has been announced for research to combat kauri dieback and myrtle rust.

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