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Topic # 82442 29-Apr-2011 09:32
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The Commerce Commission has today released its 2009/10 telecommunications monitoring report analysing the state of New Zealand telecommunications markets.

“The report shows investment in the telecommunications industry reduced slightly compared to 2008/09, largely due to the completion of Telecom’s XT network and the first stage of 2degrees’mobile network during the previous financial year, but fixed line investment increased slightly,” said Dr Ross Patterson, Telecommunications Commissioner.

“The report also shows that competition in all telecommunications markets has continued to increase. Consumer choice and quality of service continues to improve, while prices have fallen,” said Dr Patterson.

The total number of fixed broadband connections has more than doubled in nearly five years with fixed line broadband penetration increasing to 25 percent of the population. An estimated 61 percent of households now have fixed line broadband. Wholesale broadband connections (excluding unbundled copper local loop or UCLL) have more than tripled over the same time from 100,000 to 342,000 connections.

“Despite this progress, challenges remain. In the fixed line market, while more than 100 exchanges serving more than 60 percent of subscribers have been unbundled, the impact of cabinetisation will reduce the number of lines which can be unbundled by more than 50 percent by December 2011,” said Dr Patterson.

“In the mobile market, while call minutes have increased by 5 percent, usage remains low by international standards. New Zealanders make an average of 79 minutes of calls per month compared with 120 minutes per month in Australia and 198 minutes per month in the UK. In addition, off-net prices are significantly higher than on-net prices, discouraging calls between customers of competing networks”.

You can download the 2009/10 report from the Commission's website: www.comcom.govt.nz/telecommunications-market-reports





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  Reply # 463727 29-Apr-2011 14:04

Shiet isn't it?!

Only 80 minutes on average per user per month... Has to say something about the amount we are paying is too high! Why not just charge what they are now but give more minutes? Oh that's right, 2degrees are already doing that! Come on Telecom and Vodafone; let people talk to each other! 

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  Reply # 463732 29-Apr-2011 14:25
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In early Telco Industry reports (MED pre ComCom) it was acknowledged that NZ's free local calling (sic) had a significant impact on the NZ calling basket compared to the rest of the world.

Of course it didnt suit MED policy (or ComCom policy) to acknowledge this (or adjust for this by comparing NZ to other free local calling countries) in subsequent years.  If you can be bothered doing the analysis for your own interest it provides very interesting results. 

So yeah, if you beleive that the report is worth the paper its written on then we pay too much.

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