12 March 2021

[Press Release]

Cobalt Technologies joins the Broadtech Group

The Broadtech Group Ltd, parent company of Johnston Dick and Associates Ltd (JDA) and Broadtech Ltd, is pleased to announce the acquisition of long-established technology solutions company Cobalt Technologies Limited (Cobalt).

Founded by Geoff Durrant in 1995, Cobalt delivers high-end studio, processing, head end and network solutions to the radio, television, film and audio/video production industries.

Cobalt’s Geoff Durrant said “It is great to be able to migrate the wide range of solutions we represent to a dynamic new home in the Broadtech Group. Having maintained long term relationships with our suppliers and clients means it is vital to ensure the continuous support of our products and solutions and the transition to The Broadtech Group enables this to occur seamlessly.  This also enables our partners to benefit from the advantages of a larger company with greater resources.”

“The integration of Cobalt will enable the group to deliver end-to-end solutions for the radio, television, production and screen industries throughout New Zealand and the Pacific and I am delighted that Geoff will be joining our team and bringing his extensive expertise.” stated The Broadtech Group Managing Director Merv Taylor.  “This is truly a one plus one equals three outcome.”

About Cobalt Technologies

Established in 1995 Cobalt has represented many of the broadcast and production radio and television industry’s leading manufacturers and has supplied solutions to all the leading broadcast organisations in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, operating from its base in Auckland.

About The Broadtech Group

Broadtech is a privately owned NZ engineering firm that design, build and support solutions across a broad range of technology platforms. Established in 1973, Broadtech designs, builds and supports broadcasting, cellular, microwave radio, land mobile and maritime networks and own and operate a nationwide portfolio of transmission sites and a regional digital terrestrial television network. Broadtech has a long proud history serving clients throughout Oceania providing practical, efficient and cost-effective telecommunications, broadcasting and applied-technology solutions:  www.broadtech.co.nz 


22 February 2021

[Press Release]

A2G Network Trial Progresses

Our Direct Air-to-Ground Core and the first 4G NodeB have been integrated within our lab, well done to the team to achieve the ‘Lab Live’ milestone.

Read the full press release here:   https://broadtech.co.nz/exciting-a2g-network-progress/

15 December 2020

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Broadtech and SkyFive creating the Internet of the Sky in New Zealand

New Zealand aims to be the first country after the European Aviation Network (EAN) to truly experience broadband connectivity in the sky, revolutionising both the air traveller experience and inflight operations, as well as enabling a wide range of practical data-intensive use cases for the local aviation industry.

Read the full press release here:   http://broadtech.co.nz/skyfive-broadtech-group-creating-internet-of-the-...

7 July 2020

JDA announces extended MCH COVID-19 transmission fee relief for eligible clients

JDA is delighted to announce that the media sector support package released by the Government to provide near term relief for media impacted by COVID-19 will be extended to provide additional funding to eligible JDA clients.

The announcement can be viewed here https://mch.govt.nz/media-sector-support-package/transmission-fee-waiver

JDA is working with the Ministry to assist our AM, FM, and Digital Terrestrial Television customers in accessing the transmission fee relief. We will be in touch to provide more detail on the process for receipt of funding of JDA transmission costs specifically, as we finalise the process.

In the first instance, we would encourage our clients to get in touch with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage at media.support@mch.govt.nz with any general enquiries.

Applications for this relief are open from 7 July and will close at 5pm on 17 July 2020.

If you have any other questions about this development, please feel free to contact us directly

16 June 2020

Transition in Broadtech Group leadership team

The Broadtech Group Ltd, parent company of Johnston Dick and Associates (JDA) and Broadcast Services Ltd (BSL) has implemented a transition in its leadership team that will see the founder and managing director Phil Johnston stepping down and long-time director and shareholder Merv Taylor taking on the Managing Director role. Two new Directors have also been brought on board:

Susie Stone

Susie Stone is a respected industry professional with over 20 years’ experience at GM level in telecommunications and broadcasting businesses.

Paul Hallowes

Paul Hallowes has held various senior roles within Vodafone, Ericsson, Spark and The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG).