Contributed by: Craig Shrive and Felicity Ellis
Published on: October 06, 2017
Today the Commerce Commission (Commission) announced it is undertaking a study of the competitive landscape for mobile telecommunications markets in New Zealand. It is authorised to do so under section 9A of the Telecommunications Act 2001.
The study was prompted, at least in part, by a letter from Hon Simon Bridges earlier in the year which made it clear that the Government thought an investigation was warranted. The Commission says the study is due to new competition and regulatory issues that have stemmed from a changing mobile market. This is partially as a result of technical developments, but also as a result of evolving consumer preferences. Fixed-mobile convergence was given as an example of such change by the Commission.
The Commission expects the study to:
Before finalising the scope, sequencing and timetable of the study, the Commission has requested stakeholder involvement. Individual meetings have been proposed for interested parties. Written submissions are due by 30 November 2017.
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