The Commerce Commission has taken another step in the determination of mobile termination rates, issuing a notice to Vodafone to prepare a standard terms proposal for terminating mobile calls and text messages. In an announcement on the NZX website, the Commission notes: "This proposal will specify the non-price terms and conditions on which mobile termination services should be made available to both mobile and fixed line operators. "The price of the mobile termination access services (MTAS) will be specified by the Commission.
"The issuing of the notice follows the Commission’s industry scoping workshop on 6 October 2010 and Vodafone is required to submit the standard terms proposal by 5pm, on 5 November 2010.
"The Commission will then seek submissions before issuing a draft standard terms determination.
"Following the release of the draft determination, the Commission will engage in further industry consultation, after which a final determination will be made.
"Once finalised, the mobile termination access services standard terms determination will specify the regulated prices and terms and conditions for the supply of the mobile termination access services."