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Friday, December 4

Commerce Commission releases two TSO Determinations for 2008/09


The Commerce Commission has released its 2008/09 final determinations on:

* the cost of the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) for the hearing impaired; and the
* the proportion of cost to be met by each party liable to contribute to the cost of the TRS and the local residential telephone service obligation.


Each TSO final determination covers the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.


The TRS is a Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO) provided by Sprint International New Zealand Limited. The Commission has determined that the TRS cost for the period is $2.15 million.


The TSO cost allocation determination identifies the liable parties that will contribute to the costs of delivering the services required by the TSO obligations for TRS and Telecom’s local residential telephone service and the proportion of the cost they will bear.


TSO cost calculation determinations for 2008/09 will be apportioned in accordance with the TSO cost allocation determination for 2008/09.

Telecom New Zealand Limited, Vodafone New Zealand Limited and TelstraClear New Zealand Limited will bear more than 99 percent of the TSO costs.

The remaining costs will be spread between WorldxChange Communications Limited, CallPlus Limited, Compass Communications Limited, Teamtalk Limited, Woosh Wireless Limited, Orcon Internet Limited, Two Degrees Mobile Limited, Airnet NZ Limited and Link Telecom (NZ) Limited, in proportion to their net TSO-qualified revenues.


Copies of the Commission’s determinations are available on the Commission’s website www.comcom.govt.nz under Industry Regulations/Telecommunications/Telecommunications Service Obligations



Cost Allocation Determination- Final

TRS Determination - Final