New Zealand fares badly in OECD pricing study

16 Apr 2007

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission says that the country has one of the most expensive telecoms markets among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Commission cited OECD figures which show that New Zealand ranks somewhere between 22nd and 30th among 30 OECD members in terms of the cost of a variety of fixed line and mobile services. The picture is particularly bad in the market for high-usage cellular customers; the OECD study found that Telecom New Zealand’s Flexi anytime plan was the most expensive from any country, costing 177% of the OECD average. The Commerce Commission plans to implement quarterly studies into market pricing in an attempt to improve competition and lower end-user costs.

New Zealand, Spark