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Statement from Chief Executive NZ on Sky Vodafone ruling

Please see the following statement from Mark Callander, Chief Executive New Zealand, Vocus Group regarding the Commerce Commission’s ruling on the proposed Sky Vodafone merger.

Mark Callander, Chief Executive New Zealand, Vocus Group, which operates the Slingshot, Orcon, and Flip brands, said:

“This was the right call from the Commerce Commission, and we are very pleased with the ruling. The Commerce Commission identified the key issues that we were concerned with and acknowledged that a merged Sky and Vodafone would have had detrimental impact on competition in the longer term. The fact that, had the merger gone ahead, one Telco would hold the rights to premium sport was real concern for us. We are confident our broadband offerings can compete with any Telco on a level playing field, but not when one player held exclusive rights to watch the All Blacks – this market power in a country like NZ would have had a disaster.”

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