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Commerce Commission to reconsider mobile termination again

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Wellington, April 27 NZPA - The Commerce Commission has been asked to reconsider whether telecommunications companies should be left to self-regulate mobile termination access services.

Mobile termination rates are charged by one mobile operator to connect with another network.

In February, the Commerce Commission delivered a split decision on mobile termination to Communications Minister Steven Joyce, with two commissioners recommending acceptance of Vodafone and Telecom's voluntary cuts to the rate, and one arguing for regulation.

Mr Joyce said he had asked the commission to reconsider its recommendation after it wrote to him last week and said a new retail offer from Vodafone may affect the recommendation.

"The Commerce Commission indicated that a new retail offer launched by Vodafone on April 13 may be material and may have the potential to affect the basis for the commission's recommendation."

Mr Joyce said he would like the commission to consider any relevant retail offers released since their report was sent, or which may be released, before they make their final recommendations.

"I am keen to see decisions around mobile termination access services made as soon as is practicable and appropriate."

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