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Commerce Commission's review of Chorus' UBA service

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Contributed by: Craig Shrive

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Published on: March 14, 2017

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Chorus will be required to upgrade its service to keep up with consumer demand following a Commerce Commission (Commission) review of the non-price terms of the regulated unbundled bitstream access (UBA) service standard terms determination (STD). UBA is the most common wholesale input used by retail service providers to deliver fixed-line broadband services to their customers. 

A key change is a new standard that requires Chorus to keep the UBA service free from congestion (throughput must not exceed 95% of the total throughput capacity). Chorus will be required to maintain and upgrade its service to meet this new threshold.

The determination is the outcome of the Commission's review to ensure that the UBA STD remains 'fit for purpose', and comes at a time when the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment proposes to deregulate Chorus' copper network inside areas where fibre is or becomes available as part of its review of the Telecommunications Act 2001.

This review, conducted under section 30R of the Telecommunications Act 2001, focused on non-price terms of the UBA STD, as the Commission completed a pricing review determination in 2015.

The full final determination can be accessed here.

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