InternetNZ supports ComCom draft determination on UBS

Decision could be the Government's only chance to influence broadband market, says InternetNZ

InternetNZ is firmly supporting the Commerce Commission's draft determination into TelstraClear's complaint over Telecom's unbundled bitstream service (UBS).

The society says this may be the Government's only chance to direct the future of the New Zealand broadband market to such a degree.

Acting president David Farrar said in a statement: "This is one of the few opportunities we have to directly improve the wholesale services that will help New Zealand ISPs towards delivering a world class DSL broadband service.”

The Commission's draft determination calls for Telecom to deliver a wider range of speed plans to competitors, in this instance TelstraClear above and beyond the 256kbit/s download speed plan Telecom originally launched on the UBS service.

The Commission has made it clear that 256kbit/s is the minimum download speed and that others should also be offered. Telecom has recently announced 1Mbit/s and 2Mbit/s plans, but TelstraClear has continued to push for a determination on this issue, as well as several other related problems it says it has with Telecom's UBS service.

InternetNZ has put together a submission on the draft determination and has included a technical report that looks into issues which have plagued the UBS service, like latency, interleaving and data correction.

The Commission will hold a conference to hear from interested parties in July and a final determination is expected later in the year.

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