Study of telecommunications backhaul services

The Commission is undertaking a study to improve its understanding of backhaul services under S9A of the Telecomunciations Act.

The purpose of the study is to:

  • understand how the market for domestic backhaul services has evolved in today’s telecommunications environment and what it may look like in the foreseeable future
  • consider what, if any, changes may be required or are desirable to the regulatory framework to best promote competition for the long-term benefit of end-users.

Given that backhaul services are an important component of all telecommunications networks, the reason for this study is to explore whether the current regulation for backhaul is fit for purpose, bearing in mind:

  • the current uptake in of regulated backhaul services
  • the changing nature of the backhaul services(s)
  • the deployment and uptake of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB)/Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and the reliance on backhaul for these services
  • emerging competition issues (if any) that may require a regulatory response.

Update

The study was put on hold in February 2017 while the Government proceeded with its review of the Telecommunications Act. With the bill now before a parliamentary select committee, the Commission believes it is an appropriate time to restart the study. The submissions we have already received have helped us to better understand the market. We intend to gather further information from on a range of matters raised in submissions. This information will help us decide where to focus the remainder of the study.

An updated timeframe for the study will be published once we have gathered further information from a number of parties.

Project timeline

Type Description Indicative date/s
Completed Discussion paper: A Section 9A Backhaul Study due 12/08/2016
Completed Submissions on discussion paper due 23/09/2016
Completed Cross-submissions on discussion paper due 14/10/2016

Disclaimer

These dates are not official and may change. Please see the Terms and Conditions for further limitations.

Documents

Update on domestic backhaul services study

07/03/2017 (1 documents)

Letter to stakeholders – Domestic backhaul services study – 24 February 2017 PDF (123 KB)
Published on 07 March 2017

Submissions on Section 9A backhaul study discussion paper

27/09/2016 (12 documents)

Chorus – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (885 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Gilat – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (1.2 MB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Gilat – response letter to study paper – 23 September 2016 PDF (178 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Heartland Connectivity – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (65 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Internet NZ/TUANZ – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (278 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Kordia – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (507 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Spark – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (847 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Telco2 Ltd – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (79 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Trustpower – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (301 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
UFF – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (468 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Vocus – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (207 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016
Vodafone – Submission on Section 9A Backhaul study – 23 September 2016 PDF (160 KB)
Published on 27 September 2016

Discussion paper

12/08/2016 (1 documents)

A Section 9A backhaul study – Discussion paper – 12 August 2016 PDF (716 KB)
Published on 12 August 2016