Telecom New Zealand has confirmed that it is fully investigating structural separation in order to participate in the government’s Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative. However, “in making a thorough assessment of structural separation we need to have a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment, and this warrants detailed discussion and analysis with Government before any decisions regarding its viability can be made,” CEO Paul Reynolds said in a statement. Telecom has asked the telecommunications minister to consider a variation on three components of Telecom’s undertakings that will no longer be relevant in a fibre future.
The proposed changes are to:
- Suspend the forced bulk migration of existing broadband customers onto a new copper-based broadband service. However, the company will continue to supply this new broadband service to all new customers;
- Remove the requirement for Telecom to migrate 17,000 customers onto a new VoIP over copper service by the end of this year; and
- Remove the requirement for Telecom to build a new set of wholesale systems that are not consistent with the industry structure implied by UFB.
Source: Telecom Paper