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Investigating Telecom's local loop network

Telecommunications Act: Commission commences investigation into unbundling Telecom's local loop network and fixed Public Data Network

The Commerce Commission has today released an issues paper to commence its investigation into unbundling Telecom's local loop network and its fixed Public Data Network.

The Telecommunications Act 2001 requires the Commission to investigate whether the unbundled elements of Telecom's local loop network and its fixed Public Data Network, as well as access to interconnection with that data network, should be regulated and made available to Telecom's competitors.

Telecommunications Commissioner Douglas Webb said that the unbundling of telecommunications networks is a means of allowing competitors to use parts of the network on a wholesale basis in order to build up a competitive offering of retail services.

"Unbundling has been adopted in a number of countries, including in Europe and the USA, to expand the availability of broadband in particular" he added.

"The issues paper represents the start of the Commission's review process. Although this phase of the consultation is not required under the Act, the Commission wants to consult widely with industry and user groups, including on the proposed approach to the reviews" said Mr Webb.

The Commission invites interested parties to make written submissions on the issues paper by 14 May 2003. After considering the submissions, the Commission will move to a draft report stage and hold a public conference.

The issues paper and appendices can be downloaded from the Commission's website under Telecommunications Regulation / s64 Unbundling Reviews.

Submission details

The closing date for submissions, together with electronic versions, is 14 May 2003.

Electronic versions should be e-mailed to . These will be published on the Commission's website.

Hard copies of the submissions should be posted to: Unbundling Issues Paper

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