Commission wants mobile roaming regulation

7 Aug 2007

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission (ComCom) says greater regulation is needed in the country’s mobile market to increase competition. In a draft recommendation on mobile roaming and co-location services the commission said that it would not accept an undertaking from Vodafone, the country’s largest cellular operator in terms of subscribers, under which the cellco has proposed setting its own price controls as an alternative to regulation. ComCom has recommended that non-price terms of the national roaming service should become subject to price regulation, The New Zealand Herald reports. ‘The recommendation to amend the roaming service in the Act is likely to facilitate new entry, which will lead to more competition, greater choice of provider, lower prices and more innovative products and services,’ Telecommunications Commissioner Ross Patterson said.