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NZ telco sector in ComCom spotlight
The Commerce Commission has released a report on unfair contract terms in the New Zealand telecommunications sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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’.
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
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
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
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
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."
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
Tweaked Connor ownership soothes regulator's concerns in Acurity takeover
The Commerce Commission has signed off a takeover bid for Acurity Health Group by its three biggest shareholders after tweaks to the holding compan
ComCom pushes out final decision on Chorus copper line pricing
The Commerce Commission has pushed out the timeline for a final decision on what price Chorus can charge on its copper line network as it deals wit
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
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."
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."