New Zealand Begins Study on Telecom Backhaul
Thursday, January 25, 2018 | Comments

The New Zealand Commerce Commission is undertaking a study to improve its understanding of backhaul services under S9A of the Telecommunications Act.

The purpose of the study is to understand how the market for domestic backhaul services has evolved in the telecommunications environment, what it may look like in the future and consider what, if any, changes may be required or are desirable to the regulatory framework to best promote competition for the long-term benefit of users.

Given that backhaul services are an important component of all telecommunications networks, the reason for this study is to explore whether the current regulation for backhaul is fit for purpose. The study was put on hold last February while the government proceeded with its review of the Telecommunications Act.

With the bill now before a parliamentary select committee, the commission believes it is an appropriate time to restart the study. The submissions already received have helped to better understand the market. “We intend to gather further information from on a range of matters raised in submissions,” a commission statement said. “This information will help us decide where to focus the remainder of the study.”

An updated timeframe for the study will be published once the commission has gathered more information from a number of parties.

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