TUANZ summit in Wellington

This is the week for summits with the Telecommunications Association (TUANZ) staging one in Wellington on Tuesday as a follow-up to the government's telecomms inquiry.

This is the week for summits with the Telecommunications Association (TUANZ) staging one in Wellington on Tuesday as a follow-up to the government's telecomms inquiry.

It'll feature responses from the heads of Telecom, Clear, Vodafone and Telstra Saturn to the inquiry recommendations. Walker Wireless has also persuaded TUANZ to let it have a say, says TUANZ chief executive Ernie Newman.

"It's quite nice to have a new kid on the block with something novel to say," Newman says.

But the star of the event will be the European head of the International Telecommuncations User Group (INTUG), Allan Fischer Madsen, whom Newman expects to lend support to the recommendation that an industry commissioner be appointed.

"We believe his contribution to the debate will demonstrate that what the inquiry is calling for is internationally mainstream, workable and light-handed," Newman says.

The TUANZ summit, from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, costs $225 for non-members and $195 for members.

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