Regulating the telecommunications sector
We are responsible for maintaining 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.
- Part 4 of the Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 (formerly the Electronic Transactions Act 2002)
- Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007
- Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act 2013
Telecommunications Act 2001
The Ministry administers the Telecommunications Act 2001 and associated regulations which together comprise the New Zealand telecommunications regulatory regime. The Telecommunications Act 2001 regulates the supply of certain telecommunication services for promoting competition in telecommunication markets to bring long-term benefits to its users in New Zealand.
Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act 2013
The Telecommunications (Interception and Capability Security) Act 2013 establishes obligations for New Zealand’s telecommunications providers in two key areas – interception capability and network security.
All telecommunications providers are required to help fulfil interception warrants (or use on-going statutory authority). In addition, a smaller group of network operators are required to pre-invest in the equipment and technical resources necessary to carry out interceptions over their networks.
The Act sets out a path to identify, and if necessary, address network security risks which may arise from proposed investments in network equipment by network operators. Network operators are required to engage with the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) about changes to their network equipment where such changes could have an impact on national security.
We have completed the review of the Telecommunications Act 2001. The Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill is now before Parliament.
As the government agency responsible for telecommunications policy, the Ministry has a focus on developing efficient, reliable and responsive infrastructure, productive and competitive businesses, and a world-class business environment.