Commerce Commission consults on future of regulated telecom services

15 Mar 2021

New Zealand’s competition regulator, the Commerce Commission, is seeking feedback on its draft decisions to retain regulation for three telecom services: number portability, fixed PSTN interconnection, and mobile co-location. ‘We are proposing to keep the regulatory backstop for these services to protect the best interests of competition and consumers,’ said Telecommunications Commissioner Tristan Gilbertson, adding: ‘Our preliminary view is that these services continue to play an important role in the market and should remain regulated for now. However, we have the option to look at the situation again, should that be necessary before the next five-year review.’ Feedback on the draft decision is due by 24 March 2021 with a final decision due by 30 June 2021.