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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’.”
The Commerce Commission looks to retain its ability to regulate mobile roaming
The regulation would enable a new operator to quickly expand its coverage beyond its own initial physical network.
Spark facing court proceedings after Commerce Commission alleges it misled customers
Spark has addressed the charges, saying it is disappointed by the commission's decision to file proceedings.
What are the benefits of NZ broadband performance testing?
The ComCom’s first paper from new testing partner looks at how testing data can be used to empower purchasing and sales decisions.
PB Tech raked over coals by ComCom for dodgy practices
PB Technologies has pleaded guilty for poor extended warranty practice and warned over bait advertising.
ComCom seeks 3000 volunteers for broadband performance testing
The Commerce Commission wants to rally 3000 volunteers to help make New Zealand’s broadband better for everyone.
Apple warned by ComCom for misleading consumers
Apple is the latest tech company, after Noel Leeming and Smiths City, to get attention from the ComCom for unfair treatment of consumers.
Kiwi clothing brand under fire: ComCom warns businesses about "Made in NZ" claims
Clothing brand WORLD is under investigation by the Commerce Commission regarding the accuracy of its t-shirt labelling.
ComCom seeks to understand how electricity firms plan to harness emerging tech
“Emerging technologies like battery storage, solar, electric vehicles & home automation systems have the potential to revolutionise the way we live."
ComCom requesting telco feedback on funding for future fibre regulation
The Commerce Commission has calculated that it would cost $12 million to implement the proposed regulation over a three-year period.
Mobile trader fines hit $1.56m with $330k for Mobile Shop
Auckland-based Mobile Shop pleaded guilty to 24 charges, 12 under the Fair Trading Act and 12 under the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act.
Noel Leeming hit by nine charges of breaching consumer rights
The consumer retail, owned by The Warehouse Group, will defend the nine charges, each laid by different customers, in court at the end of May.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.