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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.
30 Mar 16
Flexi Buy 'reckless', fined $50,000 following ComCom report
"The company had been entirely reckless in its dealings with members of the public."
07 Mar 16
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."
01 Mar 16
Copper pricing hurts Chorus profits
"Financial result was, as expected, down sharply on the prior period because of lower regulated copper prices."
22 Feb 16
NZ telco sector in ComCom spotlight
The Commerce Commission has released a report on unfair contract terms in the New Zealand telecommunications sector.
10 Feb 16
NZ Commerce Commission gives green light to Vocus/M2 merger
The Commerce Commission says it is satisfied that the acquisition will not substantially lessen competition in the affected markets.
07 Dec 15
Spark, Chorus and Vodafone to pay bulk of $50 million TDR
Spark, Chorus and Vodafone will pay almost 90% of the contributions towards the 50 million Telecommunications Development Levy for 2014/15.
23 Oct 15
NZ telco companies lead consumer complaints
The Commerce Commission has released its latest figures on consumer complaints, revealing telecommunications is the most complained about industry.
24 Sep 15
Chorus says regulator understates network pricing costs such as trenching
Chorus has made a further submission to the Commerce Commission ahead of the final determination on pricing of its copper network.
18 Aug 15
No dial tone: ComCom holds firm on proposed copper pricing
The Commerce Commission offers up slightly reduced proposed wholesale charges to access the Chorus line - and proposes removing backdating.
02 Jul 15
Spark to ComCom - why are Kiwis paying more for internet?
"The Commission should explain why it is in NZ’s best interests for consumers and businesses here to pay more for their broadband line charges."
01 Jul 15
Kiwis rally for reduction in copper wholesale charges
More than 1000 people have provided submissions to the Commerce Commission calling for a reduction in copper wholesale charges.
13 May 15
Industry groups off-chorus on ComCom delays
Acting in haste in ComCom’s wholesale broadband pricing decision could leave ‘the rabbit in charge of the carrot patch’.
22 Apr 15
Regulator to review UBA standard that sets price for Chorus retail customers
The Commerce Commission is to review the terms under which Chorus offers unbundled bitstream access (UBA) to retail telecommunications companies that
01 Apr 15
ComCom likely to approve Cavalier, NZ Wool Services to merge scouring operations
The Commerce Commission is likely to allow Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International to merge their two wool scouring operati
26 Mar 15
ComCom clears Wilson’s acquisition of rival’s parking assets
The Commerce Commission has found Wilson Parking New Zealand's 2013 acquisition of a rival's parking assets hasn't substantially crimped competition a
24 Mar 15
ComCom expects final draft on Chorus copper pricing in May
The Commerce Commission expects the final draft determination around Chorus's pricing of its regulated telecommunications copper network in May, with
12 Mar 15
Spark New Zealand calls Chorus out
“Our experts’ analysis shows that the Commission’s draft model loads an enormous amount of unnecessary costs onto New Zealand consumers."
24 Feb 15
Vector 1H profit falls 17% on regulatory impost, mark-to-market losses, borrowing costs
Vector, the Auckland gas and electricity distribution company, posted a 17 percent drop in first-half profit.
20 Feb 15
Spark 1H profit falls 13% after streamlining operations; outlook still uncertain
Spark New Zealand's first-half profit fell 13 percent after the company formerly called Telecom slimmed down its business, selling assets such as AAPT
19 Feb 15
Are Vodafone and Spark using ComCom copper prices as an excuse to charge more?
"There occurs the slightest hint of a wholesale price rise and the providers are sending out letters to their customers telling them they have to pay more."
08 Jan 15
Get ready to pay more for broadband in 2015
New Zealand telecommunications providers Spark and Vodafone have announced they will increase their prices in 2015.
07 Jan 15
Spark NZ to pay 19 million toward telco levy
New Zealand's Commerce Commission has released its final decision on the liability allocation for telecommunications providers.
05 Jan 15
Comcom announces view on backdating copper charges, frustrates Chorus
The Commerce Commission has published emerging view on backdating prices for Chorus’ copper lines and broadband service
19 Dec 14