Story image

It's about time: Govt launches Telco Act review

08 Sep 15

The New Zealand Government is looking at ways to future-proof this country’s communications regulation and support changing technology.

To start the discussion about this topic, Amy Adams, Communications Minister, launched the discussion paper titled ‘Regulating communications for the future’.

This paper continues the Government’s review of the Telecommunications Act 2001 and seeks views on a range of options for communications regulation post 2020.

Adams says, “Digital convergence, new technology and innovation are transforming the way we live, work and do business and communication networks have come a long way since the Telecommunications Act was passed in 2001.

“This review is a critical step in ensuring we have a regulatory regime which supports growth, investment and innovation in these sectors into the future."   

She says, “Private sector investment in high quality communications infrastructure such as broadband and mobile networks is important to deliver better connectivity to Kiwis.

“The more certainty communications sector investors have about the regulatory environment, the better placed they are to deliver more technology choices for consumers."

Adams says the Government is leading the way in enabling digital opportunities with the roll out of Ultra-Fast Broadband, the Rural Broadband Initiative and the Mobile Black Spot Fund programmes.

“New Zealanders have embraced streaming video on demand which is just the start of what the next generation of broadband can deliver.

“By 2022, at least 80% of New Zealanders will have access to fibre and 90% will have 4G mobile coverage.

“For this reason it’s vital we have the right regulatory settings to support the future of communications in New Zealand beyond 2020,” she says.


The telecommunications review is one of the work streams the Government has underway as part of the convergence work programme.

“Like other countries around the world, New Zealand is grappling with issues of rapid transformation of its communications sectors.

“It’s important to ensure our regulatory system is well positioned to support this period of rapid change.

“I encourage industry, consumers and stakeholders to have their say in this discussion so we can develop a regime that can keep up with the pace of change in communications and meets the needs of both consumers and businesses for the long term,” Adams says.

The discussion document can be found at www.mbie.govt.nz/telcoreview.

How blockchain will impact NZ’s economy
Distributed ledgers and blockchain are anticipated to provide a positive uplift to New Zealand’s economy.
25% of malicious emails still make it through to recipients
Popular email security programmes may fail to detect as much as 25% of all emails with malicious or dangerous attachments, a study from Mimecast says.
Human value must be put back in marketing - report
“Digital is now so widely adopted that its novelty has worn off. In their attempt to declutter, people are being more selective about which products and services they incorporate into their daily lives."
Wine firm uses AR to tell its story right on the bottle
A Central Otago wine company is using augmented reality (AR) and a ‘digital first’ strategy to change the way it builds its brand and engages with customers.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill. 
Protecting organisations against internal fraud
Most companies tend to take a basic approach that focuses on numbers and compliance, without much room for grey areas or negotiation.
Telesmart to deliver Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams
The integration will allow Telesmart’s Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams to natively enable external voice connectivity from within Teams collaborative workflow environment.
Jade Software & Ambit take chatbots to next level of AI
“Conversation Agents present a huge opportunity to increase customer and employee engagement in a cost-effective manner."