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Telecom Welcomes Commission’s Decision

Telecom has welcomed the Commerce Commission’s decision to investigate interconnection issues between Telecom and TelstraClear and to separate these from issues on wholesaling of services between Telecom and TelstraClear.

General Manager Government and Industry Relations, Bruce Parkes, said wholesaling issues were complex and they warranted more work before the Commission made any decision on TelstraClear’s application for wholesaling determination.

Telecom and TelstraClear applied to the Commission in May and the Commission announced yesterday that it would proceed with the investigation of interconnection. The Commission is yet to decide whether to investigate TelstraClear’s application for wholesale services.

“We look forward to determination on interconnection matters and the additional certainty this will bring over the long term,” Mr Parkes said. “It’s pleasing to see the Commission has separated this wholesaling issue from interconnection.

“On wholesaling, our preference is for Telecom and TelstraClear to continue negotiations towards a commercial agreement on outstanding matters between us. We don’t think commercial negotiation has been given a reasonable chance.”


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