December Newsletter 2020


On behalf of the RFUANZ Committee, we would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas & a safe, happy New Year.

We hope you get a chance to sit back & relax over the Christmas break. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the year that’s past & all you have achieved. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is resilience. It's been a challenging time for many and I am sure we can all collectively say - BRING ON 2021!

We hope you get to spend time with those nearest to you & we wish you all a prosperous 2021. 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

From Corey Weir & the RFUANZ Committee. 


SAVE THE DATE! Comms Connect New Zealand 2021

12-13 May 2021    |    Lower Hutt Events Centre       |       Wellington
Comms Connect and RFUANZ are happy to announce the 2021 Conference & Gala Dinner dates have been secured. After a challenging year for all, we are excited to work towards hosting you all in Wellington next year. More information to follow in due course. More information will be announced in the new year, but you can register online & nominations for industry excellence awards are now open!

Nominate for Industry Excellence Awards

Register here for Conference & Dinner


Gigabit fibre-like speeds are becoming an industry norm as global IP traffic will increase threefold over the next 5 years, the number of devices connected to the internet is expected to double and physical fibre deployments is not always an option. Poor last mile connectivity is a limiting factor when it comes to high-speed broadband.

Terragraph is a technology that operates on the 60 GHz unlicensed band delivering fibre-like speeds. The Resilient Mesh technology allows for a multi-node mesh network, allowing for built in signal re-routing to ensure high availability and reliability.

In markets where fibre access to consumers is cost-prohibitive and slow to deploy due to factors such as permitting, trenching etc., Terragraph can be a better alternative to provide fibre-like connectivity at a significantly lower cost. It is also much faster to deploy and can be brought to market in a matter of weeks.
Using street-level mmWave radios, Terragraph leverages existing street furniture to create a wireless distribution network ideally suited for last-mile fixed access.

The technology can deliver fibre-like connectivity to customers at a fraction of the cost of fibre.

60 GHz Standards:

Technical Advantages of 802.11ay

Benefits of Terragraph: 

  • Faster Time To Market - Easy Deployment Terragraph is faster to deploy than any wireline service because it mounts on existing Street Furniture and does not require costly Right of Way Permissions.
  • Scale When You Need It - Terragraph network can be easily scaled as demand grows greatly reducing the upfront investment needed. 
  • Resilient Mesh - Terragraph deploys a multi-node mesh network, allowing for built-in signal re-routing to ensure high availability and reliability.

Typical Deployment Example:

Fixed Wireless Access Perfect for:

  • High Capacity Wi-Fi
  • Mobile Backhaul 
  • Dense Urban & Suburban areas
  • Smart Cities
  • Subdivisions & Retirement villages 
  • Bandwidth hungry, Carrier grade Projects
  • Smart Security

**Info and resources used for this article: Facebook Connectivity & Partners: 

  • Cambium Networks 
  • IgniteNet 
  • Siklu
  • MikroTik

Author: Ian Visagie, Go Wireless NZ External Sales & Account Management 



A successful RFUANZ AGM was held via Zoom on Wednesday the 11th November, with 22 members and some non-members in attendance.

Chairman, Corey Weir gave a brief overview of the year's activities and thanked all members and the committee for continuing to support the Association in an extremely difficult year.
Special thanks were accorded to retiring committee members Logan Caulfield (previously CSE-Genesis) and Roger Silcock (AC-WB Technologies).

The annual accounts were presented by Acting Treasurer Debby Morgan, reporting that membership had remained relatively static throughout the year, however with the extension of time for payment of the 2021 subscriptions, to be paid by end of November 2020 allowed many members continue to support the Association.
As no Gala Dinner/Exhibition was held in 2020, the main source of revenue came directly from these subscriptions. However, at the end of the financial year Debby reported that accumulated funds had shown an increase of $12,354.00, with total assets at $147,089.00.

Election of the 2021 committee, saw four newcomers, Justin Wonderlick (Vital), Steffan Kennerley (CSE-Genesis), Carl Garner (Ashley Communications), and Daniel Erickson Amateur Radio Emergency Communications), join the remaining members Corey Weir, David Johnson, Mike Head, Dale Roberts, John Laughton, and Debby Morgan. Although the committee now numbers ten in total, often throughout the year for various reasons some members are unable to continue. The additional number will allow the business of the organisation to continue without any further glitches, so the chair accepted all ten members.

A post-AGM committee meeting was held to elect positions within the Committee, with Corey Weir being elected Chairman, David Johnstone Vice-Chairman, Mike Head Treasurer, and Debby Morgan Secretary. All positions were unopposed. The alteration of Rules was passed unanimously, to allow for all ‘electronic mailings’ for membership resignations, AGM announcement and ballot voting. This further streamlines processes of the Association.

Training continues to be the main focus for 2020/2021 for RFUANZ, with David Johnstone progressing the potential for a Level 4 qualification, more specific to the industry, this however will require outside funding to develop. David has reached out to WIPSA, TUANZ, and RSM, with a broad agreement from them, that training needs to be developed at this level. Seeking financial assistance to do so, is ongoing.
Debby Morgan – RFUANZ Secretary