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Friday, February 12

Commerce Commission receives revised undertakings from Telecom

The Commerce Commission has been informed by Telecom that they will be providing revised undertakings in relation to the Commission’s investigation into mobile termination rates. While the undertakings have not yet been received, Telecom has indicated that their revised undertakings will align the commencement dates for mobile termination rate reductions with the dates in Vodafone’s undertakings.

“The Commission will now assess this new information as part of the Commission’s final report to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology. I do not anticipate that this will affect the delivery of the report to the Minister, which I expect to be by the end of February,” said Dr Ross Patterson, Telecommunications Commissioner.

Vodafone’s undertakings, provided to the Commission in December 2009, had a commencement date of 1 October 2010 for when mobile termination rates would reduce. Telecom has indicated that their revised undertakings would change their proposed commencement date for reductions from 1 April 2010 to 1 October 2010 to bring them into line with Vodafone.

The Commission will be making no further comment before providing its final report to the Minister on whether the Commission will recommend that mobile termination services should be regulated, and, if so, whether any of Telecom and/or Vodafone ’s undertakings should be recommended for acceptance in lieu of regulation.

The revised undertakings from Telecom will available on the Commission’s website under
Industry Regulation/Telecommunications/Investigations/Mobile Termination Access Services