Menu
Commerce Commission seeks to retain power over national roaming as Blue Reach enters market

Commerce Commission seeks to retain power over national roaming as Blue Reach enters market

With 5G services looming, regulator want to retain power over national roaming

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale.

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale.

The Commerce Commission has released its proposal to retain the power that helped 2 Degrees claim a place in the local market.

The Commission has the power to require the country’s three mobile network operators to provide wholesale access to their networks for a period of time to any new network operator.

The watchdog wants to maintain the power, just in case it is required.

Roaming allows customers of one mobile network to use another network when they are outside their own provider’s coverage area - this regulation would enable a new operator to quickly expand its coverage beyond its own initial physical network.

“National mobile roaming helped 2 Degrees deliver a nationwide service for its customers from day one, in advance of rolling out its own national network infrastructure," Telecommunications commissioner Dr Stephen Gale said today.

"We believe the power to regulate remains an important competition safeguard, especially with 5G networks and potential new entrants on the horizon."

Any new mobile provider will almost certainly require a national roaming arrangement while 5G rolls out, the Commission said.

"We note that Blue Reach Services has entered as a fourth provider and has publicly stated their intentions to roll-out 5G," Dr Gale added.

The Commission also said it felt sufficient competition had not yet emerged in the supply of roaming services, despite 2 Degrees completing its network build.

Under the Telecommunications Act, the Commission is required once every five years to consider the deregulation of certain services, including national mobile roaming.

It is inviting submissions on its preliminary view by 5pm, 30 July. A final decision is expected on 4 September.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags VodafoneComComCommerce Commission2 degreesmobile roamingspark

Featured

Slideshows

Malwarebytes shoots the breeze with channel, prospects

Malwarebytes shoots the breeze with channel, prospects

A Kumeu, Auckland, winery was the venue for a Malwarebytes event for partner and prospect MSPs - with some straight shooting on the side. The half-day getaway, which featured an archery competition, lunch and wine-tasting aimed at bringing Malwarebytes' local New Zealand and top and prospective MSP partners together to celebrate recent local successes, and discuss the current state of malware in New Zealand. This was also a unique opportunity for local MSPs to learn about how they can get the most out of Malwarebytes' MSP program and offering, as more Kiwi businesses are targeted by malware.

Malwarebytes shoots the breeze with channel, prospects
EDGE 2019: Channel forges new partnerships during evening networking

EDGE 2019: Channel forges new partnerships during evening networking

Partners, vendors and distributors reconnected during a number of social gatherings during EDGE 2019. The first evening saw the channel congregate for a welcome party at the Hamilton Island yacht club, while the main poolside proved to be the perfect stop for a barbecue on the final night.

EDGE 2019: Channel forges new partnerships during evening networking
Show Comments