Telco industry forum coming together

The telecommunications industry forum, mooted as part of the new Telecommunications Act, has finally revealed its structure and make up.

The telecommunications industry forum, mooted as part of the new Telecommunications Act, has finally revealed its structure and make up.

The forum is supposed to act in conjunction with the new telecommunications commissioner. The commissioner will announce a ruling and the forum will work out how the industry will enact that ruling.

The forum, made up of Telecom, TelstraClear, Vodafone and the Telecommunication Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ), along with CityLink, Ihug and WorldxChange, will develop binding codes for regulated services as well as voluntary codes for unregulated services to help telcos work together on issues as an industry.

The forum won't become "representational" on any public debate or issue, working instead to ensure telcos keep talking to each other.

The forum has taken some time to reach agreement on its structure - in February telecommunications minister Paul Swain was threatening to "bang heads" together if the industry members couldn't decide on a format for the forum (see Swain ready to knock heads together over industry forum).

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