Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Great decision Minister

May 3, 2006

Great decision Minister

New Zealand telecommunications took a big step forward this evening, with a government decision that will be good for the country, consumers and the industry.

TelstraClear Chief Executive Dr Allan Freeth says Minister Cunliffe's announcements will allow true competition for the first time because key obstacles are to be removed.

"The government set itself a bold target of having New Zealand in the upper quartile of OECD nations for broadband uptake. This decision gives Kiwis a fighting chance of getting there," says Dr Freeth.

"We intend to do everything we can to make that vision a reality for New Zealand," he says.

"We'll be working through the detail of the announcements very shortly, but from what we've seen tonight the Minister has made the kinds of bold steps needed to allow companies like TelstraClear to provide customers with a true choice," he says.

Dr Freeth says it is too early to detail what TelstraClear will be able to do, but he urges the government to make sure these changes happen quickly.

"We'll be dusting off plans we shelved a couple of years ago and look forward to seeing what we can do for customers."

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Robertson Speech: Budget Sees Wider Debt Target

"New Zealand is well positioned to face this instability and uncertainty, but we are not immune from its impacts. Growth rates are set to be lower than we have seen in recent years..." More>>

ALSO:

Commerce Commission: Spark Warned Of Broadband Price Rise

The warning follows an investigation into representations Spark made on its website and in emails in August and September 2018, notifying in-contract customers receiving its copper-based broadband service of its decision to increase the price by $5 a month. More>>

Law Commission: Resist Rushing To New “Deepfake” Law

Artificial intelligence techniques can create massive volumes of fake audio, images and video that is incredibly convincing and near-impossible to detect... While it is tempting to respond with new law, the study finds that the long list of current legislation covering the issues may be sufficient. More>>

ALSO:

'Contrary To US Interests': US Lockout Sees Android Ditch Huawei

Effective May 16, 2019, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) to the Entity List. More>>

ALSO: