Decision due on Chorus Boost HD pricing in September

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 05:00 28/06/2014

Relevant offers

Industries

Edge of Lake Te Anau included in Govt tenders for oil and gas block exploration Pumpkin Patch sells to Australian company Catch Group Chart of the day: What sorts of dwellings are being built in Northland? Protesters had the better of day one at New Zealand Petroleum Conference 2017 NZ Post prices to rise due to falling mail volumes TVNZ newsroom staff await word on cuts If Fletcher Building is struggling, others will be too Sky TV and Vodafone file High Court papers challenging merger ruling Construction industry needs 30,000 workers by 2019: Civil Contractors NZ Australian buyer eyes up Pumpkin Patch name and customers

Chorus will find out by September whether it will be able to charge extra for a new range of improved copper broadband products.

The wholesale services, announced in May, could help the company close a "$1 billion-funding gap" that the company has warned would open up if the Commerce Commission confirmed cuts to standard copper network access pricing this year and next.

Chorus plans to offer internet providers a copper broadband service with more reliable speeds, called Boost HD, that would guarantee customers would be able to watch an HD video stream without disruption at peak times.

Wholesale pricing would initially be the same as its existing copper broadband service, at $44.98 a month with a phone line included. However, Chorus has not promised it would lower the price to match, if the competition watchdog confirmed cuts to its standard pricing.

The commission yesterday said it expected to issue a draft decision in August on whether Chorus would be allowed to charge a premium, and would make a final decision in September.

The watchdog noted it last had to make a similar ruling in 2010, when it ruled against Telecom being allowed to charge internet providers a premium for the latest, fastest variant of copper broadband, VDSL2.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content