We maintain a sound regulatory environment for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.


  • 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 and its associated regulations 
    • Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 and its associated regulations
    • Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act 2013.
  • 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 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.


Telco Review

We have now completed a review of the Telecommunications Act.

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Regulating the telecommunications sector

We manage legislation and regulations relating to the telecommunication sector.

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Telecommunications and broadcasting network operators

List of registered telecommunication and broadcasting network operators, and how to become registered.

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Broadband and mobile initiatives

New Zealand is in the midst of a major upgrade of its telecommunications infrastructure. The development of broadband and mobile coverage is a vital component of New Zealand's economic growth, productivity improvements and our wider strategy to increase our global competitiveness, particularly compared to other OECD countries.

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Telecommunications service obligations

A basic level of telecommunication service are regulated under the telecommunications service obligations to make sure they are provided.

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Emergency call services

New Zealand's emergency 111 service is operated by Spark and overseen by the government.

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We work to make sure that policy and regulation related to commerce keeps pace with the development of new technology.

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Previous reviews and consultations

See previous reviews and consultations on regulating the telecommunications sector.

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Telecommunications Development Levy

The Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) subsidises telecommunications capabilities in the public interest which are otherwise not expected to be available commercially, or which are unaffordable.

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