New Zealand - Ultra-Fast Broadband Network - Competition and Regulations

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Last updated: 3 Mar 2010 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 8

Analyst: Paul Budde

Synopsis

The Ultra-Fast Broadband Network (UFB) will change the nature of the telecoms industry. While there will be a transition period where some of the old ways will remain, activities will increasingly move to the new environment. This in itself will see the players begin to realign themselves, and in preparation for the new regime many will start changing their business plans well before that time.

Nevertheless the government has published far-reaching change to the regulatory regime that leaves no doubt that there is no way back to where the incumbent was able to control the regime, creating endless delays and stifling competition. In the end the outcome of the new framework will be aligned with the goals of the UFB and within these dynamics negotiations and discussions are taking place aimed at shaping this new environment.

In this report, we outline regulatory issues where changes could occur bring competition to the market, citing overseas examples such as:

  • trans-sector approaches;
  • structural separation;
  • legislation and the incumbents;
  • Line Company sharing methods.

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