NZ watchdog opens review of bitstream services

8 Apr 2016

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has opened a consultation into the non-pricing terms of unbundled bitstream access (UBA) services offered by national telecoms infrastructure firm Chorus. The regulator is studying whether the UBA offer from Chorus remains ‘fit for purpose’. It says: ‘In our view, the regulated UBA service has historically acted and should continue to act as an ‘anchor’ for the wholesale bitstream market.’ There are currently around 1.1 million UBA connections in New Zealand, with the regulated UBA service delivered via Chorus’ fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network. The Commission’s statement continues: ‘While the regulated UBA service has evolved over time, we recognise that there remains some uncertainty over what Chorus is required to provide. By clarifying the technical features our aim is to ensure the regulated service remains suitable for typical broadband customers, and allows Chorus to develop commercial variants for specific user groups.’ The regulator is accepting submissions from interested parties until 5 May, with a draft decision expected to be published in August.

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