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Com Com releases final decision on UBA price review

Commerce Commission releases final decision on UBA price review

Issued 5 November 2013, Release No. 36

The Commerce Commission has today released its final decision on the additional costs of Chorus’ unbundled bitstream access (UBA) service. These are the costs of providing the UBA service over and above the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) price component.

The additional UBA cost component will be $10.92 per line per month, applying—under current legislation—from 1 December 2014. The UCLL price component was reset on 3 December 2012 as $23.52 per line per month. Combined, this results in a total UBA price of $34.44 per line per month.
On 3 December 2012, the Commission released its draft decision on the UBA component as $8.93 per line per month, the average of the estimates at that time of prices in Denmark and Sweden. Following submissions and an industry conference, the Commission has corrected these benchmarks, removing one network element and allowing for the range of service speeds. The two benchmark prices are now $8.88 and $10.92 respectively. 

“In choosing a price from the benchmark set the Act directs us to promote competition, taking into account incentives to invest in new services, such as UFB” said Telecommunications Commissioner, Stephen Gale. “We have sought to ensure that we don’t under-estimate the UBA price, which might hamper investment and disadvantage end-users over the long-term. These considerations, along with country comparability have led us to the decision to adopt the higher Swedish price.”

“Our view is that the result is a robust measure of the required forward-looking costs of the UBA service”, said Dr Gale. “This view is supported by an analysis of a larger benchmark set that results in the same price of $10.92. The larger benchmark set includes three additional countries (Belgium, Switzerland and Greece) that have somewhat different network configurations. Sweden is the second highest in the five-country set.”

As part of its decision, the Commission also determined the price for Enhanced UBA variants (which provide a guaranteed class of service), connection and installation charges.
If not satisfied with the benchmarked costs, industry parties can require that the Commission calculates the costs itself. The UCLL price is currently the subject of such a requirement.

The Commission’s full report is available at http://www.comcom.govt.nz/uba-benchmarking-review/

ENDS

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