Commission stands by regulation

22 Dec 2005

New Zealand’s telecoms watchdog says it is standing by its proposals to have fixed-to-mobile termination charges regulated. The Commerce Commission recommended to the government in June that prices in the fixed-to-mobile sector were too high and should be regulated. The government said, however, that it favoured the approach suggested by the country’s two mobile operators, Telecom Mobile and Vodafone, which would see the cellcos voluntarily dropping their charges. The Commerce Commission has since been re-examining the situation and now says it has reached the same conclusion: that termination fees should be controlled by an independent watchdog rather than by the operators themselves. Indeed, it now says that it feels that 3G calls should also be regulated; it had previously proposed that prices on next-generation networks should be controlled by the market.

New Zealand, Vodafone New Zealand