Hamish Fletcher

Business reporter for the NZ Herald

Stoush over broadband plans

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Telecom and Chorus are having their first big squabble since they split up, with the phone and internet company complaining to regulators over its former network arm's proposed changes to wholesale broadband services.

The Commerce Commission said yesterday it was investigating a Telecom complaint that Chorus' proposed changes could breach the Telecommunications Act.

The complaint was in a submission from Telecom on Chorus' proposed new broadband services. These new services - called Boost HD and Boost VDSL - are designed to compete with a regulated unbundled bitstream access service (UBA) which Chorus provides.

UBA is a service allowing internet retailers to provide broadband to customers over Chorus' copper network without needing to have their own equipment in a telephone exchange. The commission sets the terms of this service and its price.

Telecom said Chorus proposed to significantly degrade the service performance of regulated UBA.

The commission said CallPlus had also raised concerns "over the legality of Chorus' proposal".

In a statement to the stock exchange yesterday Chorus said it was "currently over-delivering on its regulatory requirements today, and will continue to do so".

View the submission

- NZ Herald

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