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ComCom wants to know what you think of your phone and broadband service
Changes made by parliament direct the Commission report on telco providers.
Vodafone, Vocus welcome Com Com scrutiny on unbundled broadband
"Chorus is torpedoing broadband innovation with predatory pricing, and its proposed price drop of 15c a month is pathetic."
NZ's broadband is reliable enough to stream video, says ComCom study
New Zealand’s broadband services are holding their own when it comes to deliver video streaming services like Netflix and YouTube.
Telco backhaul services: ComCom says no further intervention required
"We will consider the need for new regulated backhaul services in a review that we are required to undertake some time before 2025."
MyRepublic in hot water over levy requirements
Under the Telecommunications Act, liable companies must provide the Commission with audited financial information that the Commission can use to apportion the levy.
Commission warns Spark for misleading in-contract customers
The warning follows an investigation into representations Spark made on its website and in emails in August and September 2018.
What the future of fibre looks like in NZ
The Commerce Commission has released its emerging views paper on the rules, requirements and processes which will underpin the new regulatory regime for New Zealand’s fibre networks.
Infratil seeks clearance to acquire up to 50% stake in Vodafone NZ
The commission will give clearance to a proposed merger if they are satisfied that the merger is unlikely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in a market.
Infratil throws its hat into the buyer's market for Vodafone NZ
Vodafone has been through a turbulent time lately, after the threat of staff redundancies, constant fines from the Commerce Commission, and the addition of Vodafone CEO Jason Paris late last year.
Slingshot warned for misleading discount claims
“It is vital that businesses clearly and accurately represent the key terms of offers made when marketing their products."
Vector penalised $3.5 million for excessive levels of power outages
''Given the impact electricity outages have on consumers and businesses it is crucial that lines companies have systems in place to identify and manage the risks present in their networks."
Commerce Commission cautions consumers following High Court’s Viagogo decision
Viagogo is based in Switzerland and has declined to accept service of the Court proceedings in New Zealand.
ComCom releases findings from fibre services study
The Commerce Commision has released the summary report for its study to inform the development of regulations for Chorus and other fibre companies.
Commerce Commission report shows fibre is hot on the heels of copper
The report shows that as of 30 September 2018 there were 668,850 households and businesses connected to fibre, an increase of 45% from 2017.
Noel Leeming slapped with $200,000 fine for misrepresentation
“This prosecution related to multiple consumers in multiple locations. It was not isolated or ‘one off’ conduct.”
ComCom outlines plans for telco oversight
The Commerce Commission has released a paper outlining how it will go about approaching service quality management of telecommunications providers.
NZ Telco Forum responds to ComCom report complaint numbers
Earlier this week, a Commerce Commission report stated that telecommunications had the most complaints of any industry - the TCF isn’t convinced.
ComCom report leads to greater focus on telcos, online retail
The light is shining on confusing complexities and consumer complaints about online retail and telco marketing behaviours in the new report.
PB Tech fined $77k by District Court for ‘extensive failings’
The company plead guilty to charges brought by the ComCom, and was fined for failing to meet its duties under the Fair Trade Act when selling extended warranties.
ComCom says national roaming stays, including 5G
Despite Vodafone and Spark’s protests, the Commerce Commission decided there will be no changes to national roaming in order to promote competition.
Spark, TUANZ positive about ComCom mobile market study
The Commerce Commission has announced a study into the national mobile market. Spark and TUANZ have both released statements welcoming the study.
ComCom warns online phone store for discount claims
Buy mobile has been warned for claiming discounts against retail prices it could not show proof for when asked.
E-commerce, telecoms, mergers named as 2018/19 focus for ComCom
The Commerce Commission has names published its priority focus areas for the upcoming year, including implementing new telecommunication regulations.
Can you back up your marketing claims? ComCom campaign aims to help out
“The basic rule of thumb when it comes to advertising or making claims about products or services is ‘if you can’t back it up, don’t say it’.”