Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Zealand - Minister directs Commerce Commission to reconsider its decision on mobile termination rates

[tvnz] The Commerce Commission is being asked to reconsider its recommendation about telecommunications companies self-regulating over mobile termination rates.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce has asked the commission to reconsider its February report which recommended accepting Telecom and Vodafone's offers for voluntary cuts to their rates instead of regulation.

The issue covers the wholesale charges mobile phone companies charge for terminating calls or texts from other fixed or mobile networks.

Joyce says he is asking the commission to reconsider after they wrote to him last week saying Vodafone's new "six cents a minute" offer may affect their original recommendation which was a split decision but favoured the voluntary cuts.

"I am required to make the decision that best ... promote(s) competition in the telecommunications market to the long-term benefit of end-users of telecommunications services," says Joyce.

Joyce says he wants the commission to reconsider retail offers released since their report, or likely new offers, before they make their final recommendations to him.

Commission to reconsider mobile termination rates

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