ComCom seeks feedback on draft review of MTRs

11 Jun 2020

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on its draft review findings that the Mobile Termination Access Service (MTAS) should remain regulated. ‘While early indications show that there may be reasonable grounds to commence an investigation into removing SMS regulation due to the popularity of competing over-the-top messaging services such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, our preliminary view is that regulation of MTAS for voice calls remains important due to a lack of competitive alternatives,’ Simon Thomson, the regulator’s Head of Telecommunications, stated in a press release. Feedback on the draft review is due by 1 July 2020 with a final decision issued by 23 September 2020.

New Zealand, Commerce Commission of New Zealand