New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has restarted its study of domestic backhaul services. The process was begun in August 2016 but suspended in February 2017 while the government carried out a review of the Telecommunications Act. With the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill now before a parliamentary select committee, the Commission says it believes it is an appropriate time to restart the study.
Telecommunications Commissioner Stephen Gale said: ‘We see backhaul as critical to ensuring New Zealanders can benefit from effective access to comprehensive broadband services, especially with the rollout of Ultra-fast Fibre Broadband (UFB).’ He added: ‘The submissions we have already received have helped us to better understand the market. We intend to gather further information on a range of matters raised in submissions. This information will help us decide where to focus the remainder of the study.’