Feeds

Kiwi carrier heads to court over split

Competition watchdog not happy

Business security measures using SSL

Telecom New Zealand has attracted the wrath of competition watchdog, the Commerce Commission over the carrier’s plans to structurally separate.

The Commerce Commission will issue court proceedings against Telecom NZ claiming that the company has failed to meet government regulations on non-discrimination under its current proposal.

The carrier announced earlier this week that it would split its network and retails services divisions into two distinct companies after securing the New Zealand's government tender to build 70% of the nationwide ultrafast broadband network. Under the agreement, retailers are only allowed minority stakes in the new network.

The commission alleges the company, which has both retail operations and owns a large portion of the country's telecommunications infrastructure, has failed to provide other telecommunications service providers with access to part of its network on the same terms as it did its own retail operations.

“Telecom's failure to provide this service has reduced the financial feasibility of unbundling local exchanges, reduced the extent of unbundling, and consequently reduced the extent of retail competition," Telecommunications Commissioner Ross Patterson said.

The Commission considers Telecom’s failure to provide this service to other telecommunications companies while providing it to its own retail business has caused serious harm to competition in telecommunications markets, deterred efficient investment by other companies in telecommunications infrastructure, and resulted in significant commercial gain to Telecom.

Telecom NZ said it plans to defend any proceedings brought against it and does not believe it had breached any non-discrimination obligations. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts
After Applelocalypse, other wristputers will get stuck in
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.