17 Dec 2010

Regulation likely to be lifted from Telecom resales

1:25 pm on 17 December 2010

The Commerce Commission has recommended to the Government that some fixed line and broadband products that Telecom resells to other providers should not face regulation.

Telecom's wholesale customers can buy what are called resale services from the phone company and resell them to users at a discount to the retail price.

The Commission has told Communications Minister Steven Joyce that broadband, data, and bundled services should not be regulated, as there is little take-up, or a number of alternatives exist.

But it recommends regulation of services where there is significant take-up, including residential and business lines and smartphone services, or where services face limited competition.