Filtering debate at NetHui 2018

Mandatory filtering of our internet by government agencies is appropriate in NZ

Facilitators: Shane Hobson & Andrew Cushen

Good cop Andrew & bad cop Shane will lead a discussion on the topic of internet filtering by NZ Govt agencies. Shane will take the affirmative, explaining that the benefits to society of filtering outweigh the costs, while Andrew will vigorously defend every New Zealander’s right to an open and accessible internet.

Bypass is pleased to announce our promotion to the NZTE F700

According to the NZTE, segmentation into F700 is based on a company’s willingness to engage with NZTE, ambition, capability and capacity to grow internationally and past international growth performance.

Our global network is currently processing 47.5 Billion DNS queries per second at peak.

NZTE has played an essential role in helping Bypass navigate international expansion. Of particular value, we’ve benefitted from the Beachheads advisors, who are a network of private sector experts who offer perspective and insights to help our customers grow internationally.

We’re pleased to see that NZTE has recognised our investment in establishing an office in India.

For Bypass, this means a more intensive account managed relationship, where NZTE provides strategic advice and some judicious, trusted advisor insight based on seeing what works across the export sector.

90% of customers agree or strongly agree that NZTE has added value to their business.

We look forward to continuing to strengthen our working relationship with them to support our international growth.

About NZTE
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is New Zealand’s economic development and trade promotion agency. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise helps companies grow internationally, bigger, better and faster, for the benefit of New Zealand.

Robi Safenet keeps children safe on the internet

Auckland/Mumbai: January 29th, 2018 – Leading digital company, Robi, has once again revolutionised Bangladesh’s digital landscape by introducing Robi Safenet – a unique service that allows parents to protect their children from harmful content on the internet through filtering.

Robi Safenet uses intelligent risk detection algorithm to allow/ block specific sites that are inappropriate for children. The service also allows parents to control when their child can use the internet. This is particularly useful to ensure child’s complete focus on their studies. Besides, it allows custom blocking of non-listed app/ URLs that are harmful for children.

In order to subscribe to the service, Robi customers need to visit www.robisafenet.com. Once subscription is done successfully, the parents can add their child’s number to start protecting them from the negative aspects of internet. Subscription to this service is free till the end of February 2018.

 

Commenting on the launch of Safenet, Robi’s Chief Commercial Officer, Pradeep Shrivastava said: “Digital lifestyle is rapidly becoming mainstream in Bangladesh. The imminent launch of 4G service is expected to accelerate this encouraging trend by manifolds. While such changes certainly bodes well for the socio-economic and personal development, it potentially exposes our children to the harmful aspects of internet. As a responsible company, Robi has empowered the parents to ensure their child’s safety on the internet through Robi Safenet. We are confident that this unique service will emerge as the key tool to ensure proper mental growth of our children in the society.”

This service has been launched by Robi in partnership with Bypass Network Services Limited, New Zealand and Ekaga Futuristics Private Limited, India. For further details about the service, Robi customers can visit www.robisafenet.com.


 

About Robi Axiata Limited

Robi Axiata Limited (“Robi”) is a subsidiary company of the Asian telecom giant, Axiata Group Berhad based in Malaysia. Robi is the second largest mobile network operator in Bangladesh. Robi has introduced many first of its kind digital services in the country and has invested heavily to take its mobile network to the underserved communities even in the rural areas. Other shareholders in the entity are Bharti Airtel International (Singapore) Pte Ltd and NTT DOCOMO Inc.

 

About Bypass

Bypass creates technology for telecommunications marketing teams to differentiate their brand and increase revenue. Bypass provides filtering services which keep kids safe online and helps telecommunications service providers meet industry regulated compliance requirements.

 

About Ekaga

Ekaga Futuristics Private Limited has been setup to address the gap which withholds the latest global innovators to enter into the South Asian market. Ekaga brings in Service Innovation to help such global start-ups enter the market. Ekaga Futuristics Private Limited is a partner of Bypass Network Services Limited for their operations in South Asia.

Telcos missing from Australia Online Safety on the Edge Conference

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We have just returned from the Online Safety conference held in Sydney on Nov 1 – 3. The conference was jointly hosted by the Australian eSafety Commission and NZ’s own Netsafe.

The event was well attended with over 400 delegates and a range of interesting speakers. We shared a table with Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety for Facebook. She explained some of the tools that Facebook is using to help keep people safe online including their processes for taking down image based abuse after it has been posted online. Antigone went on to explain measures that Facebook is employing that allow people to pre-emptively block private images before they are posted onto Facebook. This is a significant step forward in stopping online image based abuse before it occurs.

The majority of delegates were from groups who provided training or support to young people helping them to be safe online or to assist those who had been victimised online.

There was only a small number of representatives from the online or telco industries suggesting a lack of awareness or sense of responsibility for the role we play helping to keep people safe in the online environment we’re creating.

Nearly all the presenters had an upbeat, positive story to tell about their work. The exception was a case study presented by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit of the New South Wales Police Force. This was a “warts & all” case study that took us through the detection, capture & conviction of five Australian child sex offenders  We were able to read the text messages and chats exchanged by the abusers, listen to their recorded phone calls and watch their police interviews. In this case all five offenders were convicted and imprisoned. This was a truly chilling presentation that gave a small insight into the world of child sex offenders and reinforced the value of our work.

This huge issue in the Australian household, & the perfect organisation to really help is the broadband provider. Bypass’ network level parental control – Buddy Guard is designed to help the service provider with a fast deployment model & tools to help with the challenges that families are currently facing in the home. It’s just one way the broadband provider plays a part in the wider ecosystem, with online content players & government to prevent children from harm online.

Is the Aussie ISP a threatened species under NBN regime?

Andrew Khoo, Solutions Architect at AmaySIM spoke at AusNOG in Melbourne last week and explained that Australian ISPs are experiencing high levels of churn and reduced margins as the NBN is rolled out across Australia. Especially for ISPs outside of the “big 4” who don’t have the capacity to connect directly to all 121 NBN inter-connect points and are forced to buy the NBN service through an intermediary.

This is very similar to the NZ situation as the local government rolls out the UFB (Ultrafast Broadband Network) to around 87% of NZ premises. While the NZ UFB has a much lower barrier to entry for smaller ISPs, there is still enormous pressure on the small and mid-tier NZ ISPs from the large ISPs who offer multifaceted services.

Those multifaceted services include mobile and power being offered by a traditional telco (Slingshot), a Vocus brand and internet service being offered by electricity generators (Trustpower). These are all situations where cross-subsidization could occur between different services giving the large ISP an advantage over the smaller operator.

In both NZ & Australia, the fibre rollout has led to a land grab by ISPs as they take advantage of customer churn, driven by the awareness of new services available over the fibre networks not available on the copper networks such as high-resolution video streaming and multi-subscriber video streaming.

The NZ ISP market leads Australia by several years, so it is simple for Australian ISPs to see their future by looking across the Tasman to their NZ peers. There is still room for ISPs in Australia to bring other services into the mix (such as energy retailing) which will hit ISPs hard who are already struggling due to low margins and no significant point of difference from their competition.

ISPs selling over NBN need to evolve too rapidly to avoid extinction.  The quote that comes to mind is from Korean business theorist, W. Chan Kim who said in his Blue Ocean Strategy book, “The only way to beat the competition is to stop trying to beat the competition.” This is usually interpreted as instead of trying to beat the competition, do something different; precisely what the NZ ISPs who are crossing over into electricity resale are doing.

New Zealand ISPs are differentiating by adding related services to their internet service. Stuff Fibre (a one-year-old fibre ISP) has found good traction offering a parental controls service to their customers. This has immediate appeal to families with school-age children and provides a tangible point of difference from their competitors who talk about benefits such as internet speed and price.

Instead of competing based on price, speed and data they provide the end user with a point of difference that addresses a key concern in every family home with school-age children, how do we manage screen time?  

Talk to any parent in Australia, and you’ll know their kids see their device as an extension of themselves, as digital natives, and use the demands of homework to justify being online 24/7. They’ll tell you their teens stay up too late chatting with their friends, and this causes health concerns and issues with being tired at school.

We accept the Internet has more pro’s than con’s but have you ever thought about how helping your end users deal with a major breakdown will enhance your offer and improve your financial results?

Read More – Value Added Services Enhance ISP Growth

Bypass strengthens team to continue international expansion

Manish Arora has been appointed as VP Engineering – South Asia. Manish’s appointment will provide local operational support for Bypass’ customers in India, Nepal and Bangladesh and pre-sales technical leadership for our partners in developing markets.

“What attracted me to working with Bypass is their focus to differentiate the data connection whether on fixed line or mobile with latest SDN and NFV technology without compromising the user experience”, comments Manish.

This new appointment is due to the results of the successful partnership between Bypass and Ekaga Futuristics, lead by Harkaran Sachdev, which has delivered financial results to justify this investment.

Shane Hobson has been appointed as Territory Manager – NZ and Pacific Islands. Shane has been appointed as Territory Manager to support Bypass’ New Zealand customers and help educate the Pacific Island ISPs about kid safe Internet and workplace productivity.

Bypass is also pleased to announce the appointment of global distribution specialist Comtec to represent Bypass in Qatar, UAE, Hong Kong and the UK markets.

“We are delighted to be working with Bypass because their unique network solutions are increasingly relevant to our carrier clients in the Middle East, Hong Kong and the UK. Their responsiveness and flexibility coupled with Comtec’s local presence in these markets have proved to be a formidable team”, commented John Buck, Comtec’s Managing Director of International Operations, who is based in the UAE.

“Comtec has already proven to-be a valuable strategic partner in the Middle East. Their local knowledge, executive relationships and willingness to jointly invest in market development is showing early signs of success. We’re working collaboratively with them to lead a bid to deploy Bypass’ new gaming acceleration and kid safe platforms with a leading operator.” says Matthew Jackson.

Bypass has also been working with the NZTE, utilising the Beachheads programme to create local strategic relationships. NZTE has helped with introductions and advice for India, Europe, the Pacific Islands and Hong Kong.

About Bypass

Bypass creates technology for broadband marketing teams to differentiate their brand and increase revenue. Bypass provides filtering services which keep kids safe online and helps telecommunications service providers meet industry regulated compliance requirements.

About Comtec

Established in the UK in 1978 Comtec has grown organically and by acquisition to become the UK’s leading supplier of telecoms, datacoms and audio visual equipment and services.

About Ekaga

Ekaga Futuristics Private Limited has been setup to address the gap which withholds the latest global innovators to enter into the South Asian market.Ekaga brings in Service Innovation to help such global start-ups enter the market.

 

 

Slingshot’s GM speaks about Front Up on NZTV Breakfast

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New scheme price checks Kiwi vs. rest of world prices and finds New Zealanders are being overcharged on products and services compared to consumers overseas. Slingshot launched Front Up to start a conversation to help show that Kiwis pay over-the-odds for many of the everyday products we buy. By pointing out some of the glaring differences in the cost of goods between ourselves and those other countries we like to consider similar, Front Up hopes to spark a consumer revolution – or at least more awareness.

Taryn Hamilton says “We believe that living full time in New Zealand, we often don’t realise the exceptional prices we pay for the privilege of making a beautiful country our home…

To watch the full video visit:

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/new-scheme-price-checks-kiwi-vs-rest-world-prices-video-6064307

Slingshot identified some pretty hefty price premiums Kiwis are paying for some of the world’s most popular products, from the world’s biggest brands. Then they went to these companies and asked them to Front Up and explain why this is the case.

 

Visit: www.frontup.co.nz

Front Up Slingshot Global Mode

Orcon’s new GM announces the launch Global Mode® – featured on Scoop

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Orcon unlocks the internet with launch of Global Mode

Survey results suggest broadcast TV is dying, with an overwhelming preference to stream online content. Orcon responds with Global Mode and low cost 100Mb/s UFB plans

New Orcon General Manager, Michael Shirley, today announced Orcon customers will be able to access previously blocked international websites with Global Mode, coinciding with survey results pointing to a shift from broadcast TV to online streaming.

Global Mode, now live, is a free and automatic service for Orcon customers that allows Kiwis to access global streaming websites.

Michael Shirley says, “For too long now, consumers have been limited in regards to the websites they can access and content they can watch. Our customers want a platform where they can make those decisions for themselves and it’s great to be able to offer it to them.”

The internet company has also announced a 100Mb/s Fibre plan for $105 per month for 100GB or $115 per month unlimited data, meaning households with multiple devices can really maximise the greater content options now available.

A recent survey of more than 4,000 Orcon customers shows that three out of every four customers prefer to stream content online. And only one in five customers prefer to download content with little support for watching it via traditional broadcast TV.

Mr Shirley says, “We expect this trend to continue. Broadcast TV is dying so we want to give customers access to even more online content, matched with cheaper high-spec ultra-fast broadband plans”.

In June Google awarded Orcon UFB with YouTube HD verification after passing the challenging rating criteria in Google’s new Video Quality Report. The ratings show that Orcon UFB customers stream YouTube in HD at least 90 per cent of the time.

“The Fibre 100 Unlimited plan is perfect for families or flats which consume loads of HD content on multiple devices or enjoy gaming; all while not having to worry about buffering and bill shock at the end of the month,” he adds.

“Streaming online TV shouldn’t have to mean low definition.”

One week into his role, the industry veteran with more than 20 years’ Telco experience, says the future is looking bright for Orcon and Orcon customers.

“We have the right people who are passionate about continuing to bring First World Internet to New Zealand, and we will continue to deliver it through the best, most innovative products and services”.

For more information visit www.orcon.net.nz.

Source: Scoop Media

BNSL announces Deluge

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Integrated into VIPER, BNSL’s new global network code named DELUGE allows BNSL to continue it’s exponential user growth. Initial testing showing scalability and ease of deployment will allow seamless on-boarding of 1 Million users overnight.

Over the past three months, we’ve been building Deluge into our new global proxy network. It’s the only proxy network designed to scale 1M+ users overnight. The solution is built using GO  (from Google) and it improves our network reliability, as well as reduces latency.

Because of this upgrade, we’ve been delayed adding new domains. Combined with our new IP allocation we’re in growth mode again and within two months the number of domains in the network will have doubled. For those of sites that have VIPER installed these sites will be added to VIPER automatically.

Retail focused geo-unblocking solutions provision subscribers one by one. Deluge is the only global proxy designed network designed and proven to scale to one million users overnight. Built in Go, and deployed using Ansible, Deluge is quick & scalable. DELUGE provides reliable access and reduces latency.