The Commission flagged its intention to recommend the deregulation in a draft report released on Wednesday, and expects to provide its final report and recommendation to the government in July this year.
“As fibre and other next generation services have become available across New Zealand, consumers are making the switch away from legacy copper-based voice services. Other providers offer wholesale voice services that compete with these services meaning regulation is no longer necessary,” Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale said.
In 2016 the Commission completed an investigation into deregulating Spark’s three resale voice services and, at that time, made a recommendation to the minister of communications not to deregulate and to defer the decision for two years.
“Over two years have passed since our 2016 investigation. We have revisited our recommendation using updated information and our draft view after our analysis is that we now consider regulation is no longer required to help promote competition,” Dr Gale said.
“We consider that competition has been established, is increasingly effective, and is no longer dependent on access to these services.”
Submissions on the Commission’s draft report close on 17 May.