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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
Lower-end customers to be affected as Spark ups prices following ComCom decision
"Given this negative uncertainty, Spark has no choice but to change its prices now."
10 Dec 14
Spark launches 'urgent review' of pricing
"Given today’s decision, we feel we have no choice but to undertake an urgent review of our current pricing across both voice and broadband plans."
02 Dec 14
Commerce Commission releases draft Chrous FPP prices
The Commission is seeking views from submitters to see if they think the final UCLL price should be backdated, and if so, what would be an appropriate date for this.
02 Dec 14
Spark, Chorus and Vodafone to pay 90 percent of telco levy
This morning the Commerce Commission has released its draft decision regarding the liability allocation for telecommunications providers.
12 Nov 14
ComCom keeps its eye on Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees
The Commerce Commission has announced its new indicators for monitoring the mobile telecommunications markets.
03 Nov 14
Jumping ship will cost you as 2degrees jumps on the sim-locking bandwagon
2degrees says it it had been forced to ‘sim-lock’, conceding it is a backward step for competition in the $2 billion mobile market.
03 Nov 14
2degrees founder’s rumblings over ComCom mobile market monitoring
2degrees founder comes out swinging, saying the Commerce Commission is asleep at the wheel and has produced faulty information
20 Oct 14
Commerce Commission Chorus investigation on hold
An investigation into Chorus' plans to constrain copper broadband services has been put on hold.
17 Oct 14
Commission welcomes Chorus appeal judgement
"Today’s decision will allow the Commission and industry to focus on the cost modelling required to set the UBA price in accordance with the 'final pricing principle'."
08 Sep 14
Commission seeks NZ feedback on mobile market monitoring...
"Telecommunications markets are dynamic, particularly for mobile services."
28 Aug 14
Slingshot contracted telemarketing firm fined $170K for “slamming” customers
"This was very poor behaviour on the part of this marketing company. The telemarketers were desperate to make sales by whatever means possible."
18 Aug 14
Commission to investigate Chorus broadband complaint...
The Commerce Commission will investigate a complaint that Chorus’ proposed changes to the regulated unbundled bitstream access (UBA) service are an enforceable breach under the Telecommunications Act.
22 Jul 14
Commission warns Kiwis to watch out for in-app purchases
"With the school holidays in full swing, now is a good time to remind parents to keep an eye on the apps that their children may be downloading."
10 Jul 14
Commission consults on approach to copper cost modelling
"We have been working closely with our external advisors to formulate a set of proposals on building cost models for the telecommunication services we are pricing."
09 Jul 14
Govt: 4G mobile technology a step closer
"Network operators can get on with building their 4G networks and providing consumers with world-class technology."
03 Jun 14
Labour slams Telecom spectrum deal
"New Zealand is a small country. Our competitive environment in telecommunication markets is not guaranteed."
30 May 14
Telecom cleared to acquire unsold radio spectrum block
The Commerce Commission has today granted a clearance to Telecom that will enable it to acquire the management rights for the final block of 5MHz radio spectrum in the 700MHz range from the Crown.
30 May 14
"Lazy" telco rulers fail kiwi consumers
"The Commerce Commission, MBIE and Adams are intellectually lazy on their review of the structure of the market."
23 May 14