Third mobile network edges closer

Key agreements signed between Vodafone and NZ Communications

Vodafone and would-be mobile entrant New Zealand Communications have signed a mobile interconnection agreement and a co-location agreement, removing two of the key barriers to the launch of a third mobile network in New Zealand.

Communications minister David Cunliffe, who has promised a third network for some time, yesterday said the agreements were good news for consumers.

“I congratulate both organisations for their efforts in bringing these

negotiations to a successful conclusion and facilitating the entry of a new player in the mobile market. This is good news for them and for consumers," he said.

Cunliffe added the agreements are a sign the government’s policies are working and that new players are able to enter and compete in the market.

“I look forward to more collaboration in the telecommunications market to increase investment, competition and benefits to the consumer,” he said.

Co-location sets the terms under which providers can install equipment on eachother's cell sites.

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