New Zealand government to study Telecom New Zealand's breakup proposal

New Zealand's government wants to analyze the regulatory implications of Telecom New Zealand's proposal to break up its network and retail businesses so it could participate in the government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network plan.

Although TNZ was not chosen as a finalist, it was shortlisted with 13 other companies to take part in the UFB. Crown Fibre Holdings, the company that's overseeing the UFB, said that TNZ could partner up with one of the finalists to be part of the project. Initially, TNZ proposed a nationwide network rollout to serve all 33 regions of New Zealand, but Crown Fibre decided to go with a region-by-region approach for the UFB.

If Telecom New Zealand was allowed to structurally separate its network and retail business, the government believes it could have an effect on three issues: copper service regulations; operational separation; and local service Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO).

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- Telecompaper has this article

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