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NZ prices for broadband, phone bundles decline but remain higher than OECD average

New Zealand prices for a combined package of broadband and phone services have fallen over the past two years but remain higher than the OECD average.

Prices for a bundle with 60GB of data have dropped 14% over the period but are still 30% higher than the OECD average, the Commerce Commission said in  " target="_blank"> latest benchmarking report.

The price for a broadband only service, known as naked broadband, have dropped 41% in two years and are 4% less than the OECD average, the commission said. Still, those prices were only available to subscribers with an on-account mobile, it said.

Meanwhile, prices for the average customer for residential fixed-line voice services without broadband continue to be considerably higher than the OECD average, the commission said. However prices for heavy phone users have reduced by about a third since 2011 to a little under the OECD average, it said.

The commission is responsible for monitoring and reporting on telecommunications markets and the performance and development of those markets.


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The OECD countries don't have Kiwi share, FREE local calling, so of course our line rentals are more

Most OECD countries have much larger populations and the economy of scale that goes with it.

I'm concerned that in the past two years beer has increased significantly in New Zealand. Do we have any OECD stats to show where our beer pricing is and whether we need an investigation to lower it?

Another CommComm report with a narrow scope. There's a obvious recommendation to reduce copper prices to bring our prices in line with other developed countries. Unfortunately this looks like the work of an undergrad. Extremely light on detail and commentary, no analysis of costs for, service, transport or country size and population. The surprising results are NZ compares favourably to USA (Verison) Sweden (Telia).