Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Regulated services extension promotes competition

Hon David Cunliffe
Minister of Communications

Communications Minister David Cunliffe has accepted the Commerce Commission's recommendations that the period of regulation of 10 telecommunications services be extended for a further two year period.

The commission examined the services earlier this year, and concluded in August that there were sufficient concerns about limited competition to warrant continued regulation under the Telecommunications Act 2001.

"I accept the commission's recommendations that the continuation of regulation for each of the 10 services in question is the best way to promote competition in telecommunications markets for the long-term benefit of end-users," Mr Cunliffe said.

The services include interconnection, retail resale, national roaming, number portability, and co-location on cellular mobile transmission sites. Continued regulation of these services means that the Commerce Commission retains the ability to determine all or some of the terms on which an access provider must supply the service to access seekers.

Continuation of regulation for the services for a further two-year period has already been given effect through the Telecommunications Amendment Act 2006. This was done as a safeguard measure, to prevent the inadvertent expiry of regulation of these services at the end of this year.

"In the end, the Commission and the government worked hard to complete the work within the original timeframe. However, the potential consequences for industry and consumers of inadvertent expiry justified a cautious approach. The Telecommunications Amendment Bill currently before the House will tidy this area up for the future," Mr Cunliffe said.

The services in question are:

* Retail services offered by means of Telecom's fixed telecommunications network;

* Bundle of retail services offered by means of Telecom's fixed telecommunications network ('bundle of services');

* Retail services offered by means of Telecom's fixed telecommunications network as part of a bundle of retail services ('parts of bundles');

* Residential local access and calling service offered by means of Telecom's fixed telecommunications network;

* Interconnection with Telecom's fixed PSTN;

* Interconnection with fixed PSTN other than Telecom's;

* Co-location on cellular mobile transmission sites;

* National roaming;

* Local telephone number portability service; and

* Cellular telephone number portability service.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Budget 2022

At base, the political biffo back and forth on the merits of Budget 2022 comes down to only one thing. Who is the better manager of the economy and better steward of social wellbeing – National or Labour? In its own quiet way, the Treasury has buried a fascinating answer to the “who’s best at running an economy during a crisis?” question, at page 57 of the Fiscal Strategy section...


Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>

Budget 2022: A Secure Future In Difficult Times
Budget 2022 will help build a high wage, low emissions economy that provides greater economic security, while providing support to households affected by cost of living pressures... More>>


Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>


National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>




InfoPages News Channels