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New Zealand Telecom separation finalised

New Zealand Telecom separation finalised

Telecommunications and ICT minister David Cunliffe has accepted Telecom's revised separation plan, clearing the way for operational separation to be implemented.

At a press conference in Wellington Monday, Cunliffe announced that a "robust plan" for the operational separation of Telecom NZ has been approved.

"Telecom resubmitted its Amended Separation Plan. In accordance with the Telecommunications Act 2001, I have decided to approve the plan which is legally enforceable," Cunliffe said in a statement this morning.

He says the separation has been a priority for government and is one of a number of measures to deliver a more effective telecommunications sector.

The Commerce Commission is now responsible for ensuring implementation of the approved undertakings.

"Within one year we have seen this complicated and important process reach a successful conclusion. I am pleased that the undertakings can now be fully implemented as of our target separation day of 31 March," Cunliffe says.

However, some outstanding issues remain, including the reporting lines for Telecom's retail unit head. The minister is also able to change his determination at any time, requiring Telecom to provide a new Separation Plan.

Today's statement says a significant number of drafting amendments have been made to Telecom's undertakings since these were rejected in December.

These include reduced levels of group-based incentives for some executives. For wholesale division managers these have been restricted to no more than 30% of total income.

Such incentives have been a major sticking point in finalizing the separation plan.

Among other changes, milestones for next generation network (NGN) rollout have been clarified.

Cunliffe also warns that work will be ongoing on the Telecommunications Service Obligations, the broadband pathway, the Digital Strategy refresh and several other regulatory matters.

Among the technical milestones agreed in the accepted plan are:

-- No less than 84% of lines will receive at least 10Mbit/s broadband by 2012

-- By 30 June 2010, more than 1,500 distribution cabinets will be installed or equipped with ADSL2+ or equivalent DSL capability (for example, VDSL capability) in Telecom's Zones 1,2 and 3 with DSLAMs installed and operational

-- By 31 December 2010, more than 2,200 distribution cabinets will be installed or equipped with ADSL2+ or equivalent in Telecom's Zones 1,2, and 3 with DSLAMs installed and operational

-- By 31 December 2011, 99% of lines in Telecom's Zones 1, 2 & 3 (which equates to 80% of existing PSTN lines) will be engineered to have a maximum line loss of 60db measured at 1024kbit/s at the external termination point


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