ComCom throws TelstraClear a bone

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission (ComCom) has ruled that Telecom New Zealand must provide rival operator TelstraClear with regulated access to some of its broadband retail services for businesses. The ruling is a victory for TelstraClear, the country’s second largest fixed line phone company, which sought intervention from the regulator over a year ago, arguing that the former monopoly was denying it access to its business data networks. In a statement today, ComCom determined that Telecom faced only limited competition in segments of the business services markets and ruled that it must provide its rival with services ‘to the same standard as it supplies . . . to its own internal retail sales and customer support groups’. The watchdog also set the prices for the services, saying the wholesale discount provided to TelstraClear would be 16%.