Telecom separation

The government had a large role in the structural and operational separation of Telecom into two companies - Telecom (now Spark) and Chorus.

Operational separation was completed in 2008, and structural separation was finalised in 2011.

Operational separation of Telecom

The Telecommunications Act required Telecom's operations to be separated.

A plan for the operational separation of Telecom New Zealand was approved by the Government in early 2008.

  • The three-way operational separation of Telecom is set out in the Telecommunications Act 2001.
  • Separation day was 31 March 2008.

Preceding this, Telecom submitted two draft plans, which were amended in response to public submissions received.

The Minister for Communications declined to approve Telecom's first two draft plans, and issued a notice of requirements setting out which parts needed further changes.

Telecom's third draft was approved by the government on 30 March 2008.

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Structural separation of Telecom

Telecom has been split into two separate companies - Telecom (now Spark) and Chorus. The split was part of the agreements to roll out Ultra-Fast Broadband.

Consultation on the impact of structural separation

Telecom's structural separation into two independent companies (Telecom and Chorus) was a major change in the telecommunications industry's structure and regulatory regime.

Because of the significance of this change, we gathered public feedback on a discussion document to consider the split's implications for the:

  • Regulatory framework for copper services.
  • Operational and accounting separation of Telecom.
  • Local service telecommunication service obligations.

Submitters were then invited to provide feedback on the other submissions received.

Submissions received

Cross-submissions received

Variations to the operational separation undertakings

Telecom has requested a number of variations to its separation undertakings.

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