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2degrees almost unlimited mobile plan looks the deal

A new unlimited mobile plan from 2degrees can be yours for as little as NZ$40 a month if you are on a shared account. If only one person pays the bill it’s NZ$85. This makes it the best bang-for-buck mobile plan in the country, but there are fish-hooks in the small print. Unlike rival unlimited […]

Huawei New Zealand: A decade of mobile networks

I write about Huawei New Zealand’s long-term role in the nation’s mobile sector for the New Zealand Herald. Huawei has played a central role in New Zealand’s telecommunications infrastructure for a decade. The company’s New Zealand deputy managing director, Andrew Bowater, says it started working with 2degrees four years before the telco’s network was switched […]

Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch

A Commerce Commission investigation into mobile market competition is underway. The carriers think they’ve seen enough regulation, with some justification. And yet there are areas where New Zealand’s mobile market does not work as well as it might. Spark managing director Simon Moutter has a point when he says New Zealand’s mobile market is competitive. […]

TDL shows flat telecommunications growth

This week the Commerce Commission published its draft numbers for the $50 million Telecommunications Development Levy. In a way the TDL acts as a report card on the shifting fortunes of the main telecommunications companies. The levy is, in effect, an extra and, somewhat discriminatory, tax on telecommunications companies imposed by the outgoing National government. […]

Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study, MVNOs

Earlier this year Communications Minister Simon Bridges wrote to the Commerce Commission asking it to investigate competition in the mobile market. Last Friday the Commerce Commission confirmed the study will go ahead. The Commerce Commission says study aims to “better understand how mobile markets are developing and performing, particularly around the competitive landscape and any […]