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

 

Unbundling Legislation Sets Scene for a Big Year

Wednesday December 13, 2006

Unbundling Legislation Sets Scene for a Big Year

Today's passing of the Telecommunications Amendment Act is a turning point for New Zealand consumers - a real choice is not too far away.

TelstraClear Chief Executive Dr Allan Freeth says the broad political support for the Act is encouraging, but it is also a signal to the industry that New Zealanders are not prepared to wait for better services.

"For more than a decade TelstraClear has led the fight for choice. That long, frustrating, and expensive battle is behind us and our focus now is on how quickly we can deliver to customers," says Dr Freeth.

"Yes, operation separation will be complex, and while we will play our part in making things happen we will need access to local loops as soon as possible so we can invest and deliver truly different services."

Dr Freeth says TelstraClear's shareholder Telstra is "fully engaged" in plans to address a long-held myth about telecommunications in New Zealand.

"For a long time, New Zealanders have been told that they can't have the kinds of services enjoyed in countries overseas. Distance, scale, and population size have been held up as excuses for poor services and high prices," he says.

"Next year, through investments in networks such as Tauranga Unplugged, TelstraClear will show customers what's possible in an open, competitive market."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

DoC: A Tale Of Two Halves For Rock Wren/Tuke
It’s a tale of two halves for rock wren/tuke with their fortunes hanging on effective predator control, the latest South Island-wide survey shows. The Department of Conservation monitoring programme, now in its third year, tracks populations of this small alpine bird... More>>


TradeMe: Wages Remain Hot While Job Listings Cool Off
Salaries are skyrocketing in the regions as Kiwi employers battle to attract staff and combat the rising cost of living, according to the analysis of over 77,000 vacancies listed on Trade Me Jobs for the quarter ending 30 June (Q2)... More>>



Tegel: Chicken Prices On The Rise But It’s Still The Favourite Protein For Kiwi Families

A combination of domestic and international factors is forcing New Zealand’s largest poultry supplier Tegel to raise its prices from July. The roughly 10% price rise is a result of ongoing cost pressures on the industry, including increases in labour... More>>



Motor Industry Association: New Vehicle Registrations Soften

The Motor Industry Association’s Mark Stockdale says that 12,049 registrations of new vehicles for the month of June shows the market is weakening in the face of raising costs of living... More>>



MYOB: New Data Shows Increase In SMEs Experiencing Stress And Anxiety

The lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a surge in the number of local SME owners and operators experiencing stress and anxiety, according to new research from business management platform, MYOB... More>>



Carbonz: Cashing In On Carbon: The New Marketplace Helping Native Forest To Thrive

The country’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz, is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest... More>>