CommComm 08/09 final determinations: Teleco Relay
The Commerce Commission has released its 2008/09 final determinations on:
* the cost of the Telecommunications
Relay Service (TRS) for the hearing impaired; and the
* the proportion of cost to be met by each party liable to contribute to the cost of the TRS and the local residential telephone service obligation.
Each TSO final determination covers the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.
The TRS is a Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO) provided by Sprint International New Zealand Limited. The Commission has determined that the TRS cost for the period is $2.15 million.
The TSO cost allocation determination identifies the liable parties that will contribute to the costs of delivering the services required by the TSO obligations for TRS and Telecom’s local residential telephone service and the proportion of the cost they will bear.
TSO cost calculation determinations for 2008/09 will be apportioned in accordance with the TSO cost allocation determination for 2008/09. Telecom New Zealand Limited, Vodafone New Zealand Limited and TelstraClear New Zealand Limited will bear more than 99 percent of the TSO costs. The remaining costs will be spread between WorldxChange Communications Limited, CallPlus Limited, Compass Communications Limited, Teamtalk Limited, Woosh Wireless Limited, Orcon Internet Limited, Two Degrees Mobile Limited, Airnet NZ Limited and Link Telecom (NZ) Limited, in proportion to their net TSO-qualified revenues.
the Commission’s determinations are available on the
Commission’s website www.comcom.govt.nz under Industry
Under Part 3 of the Telecommunications Act 2001, Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) are entered into in order to facilitate the supply of certain telecommunications services to groups of consumers that may not otherwise be supplied on a commercial basis, or at a price that is considered by the Minister of Communications to be affordable to those consumers.
There are currently two TSO instruments:
TSO Deed for Local Residential Telephone Service between
the Crown and Telecom; and
* TSO Deed for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) for the hearing impaired between the Crown and Sprint.
The TSO instruments costs, once determined, are apportioned among liable persons. Prior to the revision of the Telecommunications Act in December 2006 the cost apportionments were part of the TSO determinations. Now, under the revised act, the apportionments (and therefore each party’s TSO-qualified revenue) are provided for in a separate cost allocation determination.
The Commission administers the TSO deeds by:
* monitoring compliance of the relevant service
* determining the liable persons;
* determining the cost faced by the service providers, unless the amount is specified in the deed; and
* determining the apportionment of this cost amongst the liable persons.
The ‘liable persons’ are Telecom and the companies operating public switched telephone networks (PSTN) that are interconnected with Telecom’s fixed PSTN.