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New Zealand resumes backhaul study

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has resumed a study into backhaul services, which was put on hold in February 2017 while the government proceeded with its review of the Telecommunications Act. With the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill now before a parliamentary select committee, the Commission believes it is an appropriate time to restart the study. “We see backhaul as critical to ensuring New Zealanders can benefit from effective access to comprehensive broadband services, especially with the rollout of ultrafast fibre broadband,” telecoms commissioner, Stephen Gale, said. The aim of the study is to better understand how domestic backhaul services have evolved, how demand for different backhaul services may develop in future, and consider whether any regulatory changes would better promote the long-term interests of consumers. “The submissions we have already received have helped us to better understand the market. We intend to gather further information on a range of matters raised in submissions. This information will help us decide where to focus the remainder of the study,” Gale said. An updated timeframe for the study will be published. More information here

  • Tuesday, 23 January 2018

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