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Alleged breach of Telecom bitstream undertakings

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, Oct 15 NZPA - The Commerce Commission is investigating whether Telecom's Wholesale business unit is likely to have discriminated against telecommunications providers in favour of Telecom's Retail arm.

The investigation launched today involved an alleged breach of Telecom's separation undertakings, the commission said.

Its concerns arose from the price at which Telecom Wholesale offered the unbundled bitstream access (UBA) service to telecommunications providers who intended to take up the sub-loop extension service from Telecom's Chorus business unit, compared with the price Telecom Wholesale charged to Telecom Retail.

The sub-loop extension service is a commercial service provided by Chorus to enable service providers to supply an exchange-based voice service in conjunction with a cabinet-based UBA broadband service.

Telecommunications commissioner Ross Patterson said concerns were raised with the commission earlier this year about the price Telecom requested for the UBA service to be supplied in conjunction with the sub-loop extension service.

"At the time the commission advised Telecom of its concerns that Telecom Wholesale's offer was discriminatory. Telecom responded that it did not believe that Telecom Wholesale was in any way in breach of its non-discrimination obligations."

The investigation followed the completion yesterday of a clarification process into the provision of UBA in conjunction with the sub-loop extension service.

The commission said it would now gather information, with interested parties able to make submissions during the investigation, which was expected to be finished by the end of March.

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