Commerce Commission has today released the final terms of reference for a study into what drives demand for high speed broadband services. The study is intended to identify any factors that may impede the uptake of those services in New Zealand.
The study is conducted under section 9A of the Telecommunications Act 2001, which allows the Commission to take a strategic view of any matter that relates to the telecommunications industry.
The final terms of reference has changed slightly from the draft terms of reference to reflect the feedback received from submissions. “The study has been extended to cover additional areas, including high speed broadband services delivered over wireless networks and the identification of appropriate steps to monitor the market as it develops. Accordingly, we have extended the time for the completion of the study” said Dr Ross Patterson, Telecommunications Commissioner.
“Our aim is to promote competition in telecommunications markets for the long term benefit of end-users of telecommunications services in New Zealand. This study will identify any factors which may inhibit the uptake of high speed broadband services.”
The timeframe and stages for the study are detailed in the final terms of reference. As part of the process, the Commission intends to engage with interested parties and to hold a public conference early next year, before producing a final report in April 2012.
You can view the terms of reference and timeline for the study at the Commission’s website: www.comcom.govt.nz/high-speed-broadband-services-demand-side-study