Telecom goes to ComCom over rival's ads

Reported by AAP
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Telecom is taking its spat with rival Vodafone New Zealand to the country's Commerce Commission after dropping threatened legal action over the "SuperNet" advertising campaign.

Telecom has dropped High Court proceedings against its rival, saying Vodafone stopped "several aspects" of the ad campaign in its formal response to the action, and has dobbed in its competitor to the antitrust regulator, claiming the adverts breached the Fair Trading Act.

Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams says Telecom is being "insincere" about why the court action was dropped, saying its tweaks to the campaign add "some extra explanations to a couple of ads, specifically around the availability of 4G and our ultrafast broadband," and that the company wasn't compelled to do so.

Telecom Retail chief Chris Quin, in a statement, said: "We have lodged a complaint with the Commerce Commission and will continue to pursue that complaint with urgency".

"It's crucial that major market players act responsibly in ensuring their advertising is clear, informative and doesn't mislead or deceive."

The court action ended what was an uncharacteristically mellow period in the telecommunications sector as it's undergone a major regulatory shift, including the demerging of Chorus from Telecom and the government-subsidised fibre network build.

That's been a change from Telecom and Vodafone spending protracted periods against each other in the courtroom.

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