Minister offers help to settle interconnect dispute

9 Sep 2008

New Zealand’s Communications Minister, David Cunliffe, is offering to help end a disagreement between mobile operator Vodafone and cellular licence holder NZ Communications. NZ Communications needs to forge an interconnect deal with Vodafone but the two parties have been unable to agree on the terms and this has caused NZ Communications to delay the launch of the country’s third mobile network. Cunliffe, who is known to be keen to see the new network launched this year, has already said that will not intervene to regulate Vodafone’s pricing, but he is now offering to examine the methodology used by Vodafone to set its interconnect charge.