Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Zealand - Regulator has retained regulation for backhaul links used for unbundled bitstream access

[comcom] The Commerce Commission today announced that no competitive services have developed for unbundled bitstream access (UBA) backhaul links. This means all UBA links will remain subject to the terms of the UBA backhaul Standard Terms Determination (STD). The decision is a result of a review by the Commission into whether Telecom faces competition for providing these services.

UBA backhaul service allows other telecommunications companies to supply broadband services to customers without the need to replicate Telecom’s copper local loop. UBA backhaul allows access to, and interconnection with, the part of Telecom’s fixed public data network that connects the customer’s building to Telecom’s first data switch (or equivalent facility).

“Competitive UBA backhaul markets have not developed because of the small number of enhanced UBA services that are being purchased from Telecom. In addition, unlike the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) backhaul, there is no appropriate commercial service that would allow alternative backhaul providers to aggregate backhaul traffic inside the exchange,” said Dr Ross Patterson, Telecommunications Commissioner.

Where the Commission finds that there is competition on a link, the terms of the UBA backhaul STD will not apply. By contrast, where Telecom is found to face limited competition on a link, the terms of the UBA backhaul STD will apply.

The Commission intends to complete a review of all UBA backhaul links annually.

Competitive services have not developed for UBA backhaul links, says Commerce Commission
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