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ComCom considers issues that may hinder UFB uptake

05 Apr 2011

A draft study has been released by the Commerce Commission that aims to identify any issues that may impede the uptake of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) in New Zealand.

The Commission is seeking feedback from stakeholders and interested parties on the draft terms before they are finalised.

"Our aim is to promote competition in telecommunications markets for the long-term benefit of end-users of telecommunications services in New Zealand,” said Dr. Ross Patterson, Telecommunications Commissioner.

"This study will result in a report which will identify any factors which may inhibit the uptake of ultra-fast broadband services. We can then use that information to inform the industry.”

At this point the Commission is seeking interested parties to comment on the proposed terms of reference for the study.

The terms of reference outline the aims and scope of the study, as well as give an indicative timeframe. 

As part of the process, the Commission will consult with interested parties and to hold a public conference in the latter part of the year, before producing a final report in December 2011.

The draft terms are available for download from the Commission’s website.