New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has decided not to start an investigation into whether national mobile roaming should be deregulated. Roaming regulation requires the country’s three mobile network operators 2degrees, Spark, and Vodafone to provide wholesale access to their networks for a period of time to any new mobile network operator.
This allows a new operator to attract customers by being able to offer immediate nationwide coverage while it builds its own network. The Commission believes the roaming opportunity remains relevant because it could help any new mobile business enter the market in the future, as it did when 2degrees launched. “Submissions we received on this decision generally supported this view”, telecoms commissioner Stephen Gale added.
Under the Telecommunications Act, the Commission is required once every 5 years to consider the deregulation of certain services, including national mobile roaming.
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