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Commission reconsiders mobile termination

16 Jun 2010

Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce is inviting submissions on the Commerce Commission’s reconsidered report that the termination of voice calls and text messages on New Zealand’s mobile networks be regulated.

Earlier this month the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID), whose membership includes major banks, engineering companies, lines companies and law firms, wrote  to the Commerce Commission supporting its recommendation to regulate MTRs – the fee telcos charge each other to terminate traffic on each other’s networks.

Following a request by Joyce to reconsider its initial report, the Commerce Commission today delivered its reconsidered report on mobile termination access services.

The report recommended that the termination of voice calls and text messages on New Zealand’s mobile networks be regulated.

Before making his decision on the recommendation, Joyce is now inviting written submissions on issues not raised in the report that were not, and could not have been, raised in previous submissions to the Commission.

"I would like to thank the Commission for its hard work in preparing its report," he said. "I will make a decision upon consideration of the report, submissions, and advice from officials.  It is my intention to do this in a timely manner."

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