The New Zealand Commerce Commission has released its preliminary view regarding national mobile roaming, noting that it seeks to retain the power to regulate the service, should it be required in the future. Under the Telecommunications Act, the Commission is required once every five years to consider the deregulation of certain services, including national mobile roaming. Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale commented: ‘National mobile roaming helped 2degrees deliver a nationwide service for its customers from day one, in advance of rolling out its own national network infrastructure. We believe the power to regulate remains an important competition safeguard, especially with 5G networks and potential new entrants on the horizon.’ Submissions are welcome until 30 July, and the watchdog expects to make its final decision by 4 September 2018.

TeleGeography notes that network operators are only required to make their networks available to access seekers who meet certain conditions, including having a network of at least 100 cell sites or having a network that covers at least 10% of the New Zealand population. National roaming regulation does not regulate wholesale access for MVNOs, however.