We maintain a sound regulatory environment for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. We:
- Manage the following legislation:
- Telecommunications Act 2001 and its associated regulations
- Radiocommunications Act 1989 and its associated regulations
- Postal Services Act 1998 and its associated regulations
- Electronic Transactions Act 2002
- Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007
- Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004.
- Administer the register of telecommunications network operators.
- Enforce the Radiocommunications Act 1989, including assigning licences, and compliance, enforcement, and registration.
- Administer New Zealand Post's information disclosure requirements.
- Give policy advice on regulation of the ICT sector, and the social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts of new technology.
- Advise the Minister for Communications and Information Technology on the recommendations made by the Telecommunications Commissioner.
- Give policy and technical planning advice on the allocation of the radio and broadcasting spectrums, and issues related to commercial broadcasting.
- Monitor the telecommunications functions of the Commerce Commission.
- Administer telecommunications service obligations instruments.
- Represent New Zealand in international ICT fora and trade negotiations.
We manage legislation and regulations relating to the telecommunication sector.
List of registered telecommunication and broadcasting network operators, and how to become registered.
We are involved in regulating mobile phone services.
The government has a large role in the structural and operational separation of Telecom into two companies - Telecom and Chorus2.
The expansion and development of broadband is a vital component of New Zealand's economic growth, productivity improvements and the government's wider strategy to increase New Zealand's global competitiveness, particularly compared to other OECD countries.
A basic level of telecommunication service are regulated under the telecommunications service obligations to make sure they they are provided.
New Zealand's emergency 111 service is operated by Telecom and overseen by the government.
We work to make sure that policy and regulation related to commerce keeps pace with the development of new technology.