For those who don't subscribe to Juha's great Friday Fryup newsletter he's started the rumor mill working overtime this afteroon by suggesting that we may see both ULL and a retail/wholesale split of Telecom going before cabinet on Monday.
"LLU happening next Monday?
Our mole in Wellington tells us that Cunliffe has indeed has a gutsful of
Telecom riding roughshod over regulation, the government's digital strategy
and customers alike, and has speeded up his promised industry stocktake
considerably. It will, moley tells us, be delivered to cabinet this Monday
already in fact.
We don't know much what the stocktake contains at this stage, but gather
that local loop unbundling is in and so is structural separation of Telecom
into network and wholesale operations. Well, the latter option seems to be
weak, and may be scrapped if Telecom belly-aches enough.
Here's hoping the government won't back out of structural separation,
because reports so far point to Telecom's NGN being pretty much "unbundling
proof" already, with fibre-optic circuits and roadside cabinets that don't
have room for competitors' equipment - adding gear inside Telecom's network
would be hugely expensive for other providers.
We'll know next week I hope if the above is true or not."
I guess if there is any substance to these rumors then things could suddenly become very interesting in this country!