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ComCom calls for submissions on rural fibre
“As the broadband rollout moves into more economically challenging areas, it’s important to consider other ways to increase the opportunities."
ComCom proposes continuation of number portability
It enhances competition in the market as it removes a disincentive for consumers to leave their current provider if they see a better deal elsewhere.
Commerce Commission 'not convinced' Sky-Vodafone merger is all it claims to be
The next blow for Vodafone and Sky's proposed merger has been built, with the Commerce Commission today announcing that it's not convinced the merger
Report finds Kiwis love online shopping, but won't settle for shoddy deals
The 2016 Consumer Issues Report shows that the number of online sales in New Zealand is increasing – but also subject to plenty of complaints.
Vodafone promises better customer service for all New Zealanders
"What our customers have to say about us is important, and we value the opportunity to hear their concerns and act on this information."
Commerce Commission recommends deregulating Spark wholesale voice services
Spark's wholesale voice services should be deregulated to ensure that end users are not locked into Spark's services, the Commerce Commission says.
Vodafone pleads guilty to yet another Fair Trading Act breach
Vodafone New Zealand has now paid out more than $1.5 million in fines for Fair Trading Act breaches in the last five years alone.
Three sides to every story: Vodafone & Sky fight back against merger submissions
It's a case of three sides to every story, as Vodafone and Sky have officially responded to submissions on the proposed Sky-Vodafone merger.
ComCom vs Harmoney: Peer-to-peer lender under fire over fees
The Commerce Commission is filing civil proceedings in the Auckland High Court over the the fees it charges borrowers.
The Commerce Commission and the New Zealand backhaul review
Should Chorus be allowed to compete in the wholesale backhaul market? Yes, absolutely they should.
Commerce Commission seeks feedback on NZ's internet backhaul services
The Commerce Commission is looking for feedback on 'domestic backhaul services', or how internet traffic is sent and received between major exchanges.
ComCom officially weighs in on Vodafone/Sky merger
“We give clearance to a proposed merger only if we are satisfied the merger is unlikely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition."
Commerce commission to investigate Spark
The Commerce Commission has recently confirmed it will investigate whether Spark's resale voice services should be deregulated.
New Zealanders thirstier than ever for more data & bandwidth
The Commerce Commission Telecomms Monitoring Report says data used by broadband subscribers each month rose 50% from 32GB in 2014 to 48GB in 2015.
Two Auckland mobile traders fined $171,500 for contract failing
Two mobile traders have been fined $171,500 for failing to provide borrowers with legally required information.
TCF welcomes ComCom telco report
"A high level of investment has enabled huge growth in usage of internet services by consumers and businesses."
The state of it: ComCom report takes close look at NZ telco sector
"The industry continues to change rapidly, with data consumption accelerating and mobile calling set to overtake that on fixed lines."
Warnings for Intagr8, director as ComCom finds evidence of Fair Trading breach
Formal warnings have been issued against failed Intagr8, its director and former staffer after ComCom finds evidence of Fair Trading breach.
Three mobile traders plead guilty to ComCom charges
Three mobile traders selling goods including electronics at higher prices than retailers have pleaded guilty to charges brought by ComCom.
NZ business mobile market looking rosy, according to Commerce Commission
"It is possible that misconceptions about network coverage contribute to businesses’ decision not to switch providers."
Spark’s acquisition of 2300MHz spectrum given all clear
The Commerce Commission has given the all-clear for Spark to acquire the management rights to 70MHz of radio spectrum.
Flexi Buy 'reckless', fined $50,000 following ComCom report
"The company had been entirely reckless in its dealings with members of the public."
Spark to credit customers from Chorus savings
“We put up our prices in February last year after the Commerce Commission threatened to backdate higher Chorus charges from the previous December."
Copper pricing hurts Chorus profits
"Financial result was, as expected, down sharply on the prior period because of lower regulated copper prices."