Can the New Zealand NGA Model be Replicated?

In policy circles in Europe and North America, there’s a lot of pondering about what model may (finally) boost NGA deployment and adoption. The temptation to look abroad is strong, and Australia is often pointed at as an example, but Diffraction Analysis believes that New Zealand is a more interesting and potentially more replicable model.

With a strong public commitment as well as a clever mechanism to involve private players, this model looks promising to strongly increase access to highspeed broadband in the mid-term.
This report analyses the history and mechanisms of the New Zealand NGA model, looks at what might determine its ultimate success or failure and tries to evaluate the regulatory contexts in which a New Zealand style policy approach could work.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary.

I. Introduction.

II. Drivers for a competitive broadband market

  • Overcoming lack of competition in broadband.
  • The threat of the Australian NBN.

III. A National Policy.

  • The financial and political position.
  • Accelerating private investment in fiber networks.
  • Encouraging service-based competition.
  • Copper to fiber switchover incentives.
  • A parallel plan for rural broadband.

IV. Measurable impacts of the UFB initiative.

  • Impact of structural separation.
  • Deployment progress to date.
  • Service provider dynamics.

V. Conclusions and Recommendations.

  • Virtues of the New Zealand model
  • Where else could this work?
  • Recommendations.