New Zealand’s Commerce Commission is to launch an investigation into Schedule 3 – Mobile to Mobile Termination. The government shelved plans to set termination rates in 2007 after Telecom and Vodafone agreed to reduce some charges voluntarily. However, the regulator has said recent developments in the market now require a fresh investigation. ‘NZ Communications considers that regulation is absolutely necessary to facilitate competition and we encourage the Commerce Commission to reach conclusion on the matter in as short a time as possible,’ said Bill McCabe, Commercial Director for NZ Communications.
Separately, the regulator is considering whether there are grounds to investigate whether the charges for roaming should be regulated, it said.