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ComCom preparing for looming telco regulation with new study
“Starting this study now under our market studies power in the Telecommunications Act gives us a head start on gathering information."
27 Apr 18
Telco market: ComCom sums up the biggest moves of 2017
The increase in IoT networks came after one specialist IoT network, KotahiNet, commenced operations in 2016.
10 Apr 18
ComCom confirms scope for study on mobile services market
The study’s results will help to ensure regulation keeps pace with changes in the mobile telecommunications industry.
27 Mar 18
ComCom blocks Trade Me's move to acquire Motorcentral
Berry argues that the merger could also entrench the market power Trade Me holds for online classified advertising to motor vehicle dealers.
12 Mar 18
NZ Commerce Commission warns consumers to stay away from dodgy ticket site
The Commission is investigating Viagogo and to date has received 228 complaints about the website.
06 Mar 18
ComCom revisits backhaul study as Telco Act goes before parliament
The report was put on hold while the Government focused on its review of the Telecommunications Act.
19 Jan 18
How smaller Kiwi telcos are gaining market share
But why are we seeing an increase in market share by the smaller telcos at a time where fewer and fewer exist?
17 Jan 18
New cartel law spurs release of ComCom's competitor collaboration guidelines
The updates to the guidelines are a result of amendments to the law – specifically the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017.
09 Jan 18
Who is going to buy Vocus NZ?
The Vocus Group is reportedly looking for $500 million for its NZ assets as it tries to decrease debt and steady the ship.
08 Dec 17
ComCom makes final decision on what major telcos will contribute to $50m levy
Some providers pass the levy contribution onto consumers through a charge on their monthly bills.
07 Dec 17
Spark buys Digital Island – a good move?
I wasn’t inclined to believe that Spark would leave Digital Island to act as an independent brand as part of its wholesale and ventures division.
23 Nov 17
4 major telcos pay 90% of $50m development levy in ComCom's draft decision
Today’s draft decision sees Spark, Vodafone, Chorus, and 2degrees Mobile collectively paying for more than 90% of the $50 million levy.
26 Oct 17
NZ telco industry focussed on improving customer service
“Constant improvement in customer service is a key factor in customer retention and is something that the individual companies work hard to improve."
25 Sep 17
Telecommunications - NZ's most complained about industry, says ComCom
“Telecommunications continue to be the most complained about industry, with the number of complaints increasing by nearly a third on last year."
25 Sep 17
SMBs warned to watch out for ‘Corporate Portal New Zealand’ scam
The New Zealand Companies Office is once again warning organisations to watch out for fake correspondence that appears to be from ‘Corporate Portal'.
18 Aug 17
Four telcos warned about breaching Fair Trading Act by Commerce Commission
“The complexity and range of goods and services offered by the industry means consumers can be easily confused about product offerings."
14 Aug 17
InternetNZ: Telco Bill will protect fair broadband prices after 2020
"One remaining concern with this draft legislation is the choice of so-called ‘anchor products’ - a broadband product at a specified price."
08 Aug 17
Modernising NZ's telco sector: TUANZ applauds introduction of new Telco Bill
“One element not addressed as a result of the review is the inequality of resourcing for consumer voice research."
08 Aug 17
Consumers gain $4/month net decrease from wholesale broadband price drop
In December 2015, the Commission announced its final decisions on the wholesale prices Chorus could charge internet providers.
21 Jun 17
Simon Bridges announces reappointment of Telecommunications Commissioner
“The role of the Commissioner continues to be of vital importance as unique issues may emerge that require specialist understanding of the sector."
12 Jun 17
In just 12 months Kiwis getting substantially more data for less money
“The cost of Internet use has dropped over the last year with up to four times the data included at the same price points."
19 May 17
Commerce Commission reveals concerns for Spark/TeamTalk merger
The Commerce Commission today published a statement of Preliminary Issues regarding Spark New Zealand’s proposed acquisition of TeamTalk.
03 Apr 17
Spark applies for TeamTalk acquisition clearance from ComCom
The Commerce Commission has acknowledged that it has received a clearance application from Spark for its proposed acquisition of TeamTalk.
21 Mar 17
Ignorance no defence as Bestdeals cops $47k fine
Being unaware of legal requirements is no defence for breaches of the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act and FTA, as Bestdeals has discovered.
21 Mar 17