Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL)

The qualifying liable persons and qualified revenue documents for determining the Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) liability allocation.

The Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) was established by legislation in June 2011 and is set at $50 million a year until 2019. The Commission is required to prepare an annual TDL liability allocation determination in accordance with the Telecommunications Act 2001.

The levy equates to about 1% of telecommunications services revenue earned by telecommunications services providers in New Zealand. The levy is paid by providers earning more than $10 million per year from operating a telecommunications network. This includes providing internet, mobile and data services to consumers.

The Government uses the annual levy to pay for telecommunications infrastructure and services which are not commercially viable, including the relay service for the deaf and hearing-impaired, broadband for rural areas, and improvements to the 111 emergency service.

The TDL replaced the Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) liability allocation process and streamlined the process for industry contributions to the TSO, broadband for rural areas, and other government-led improvements to New Zealand's telecommunications infrastructure.

This page contains the qualifying liable persons and qualified revenue documents for determining the Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) liability allocation.

‘Qualified revenue’ is defined as being revenue received for supplying telecommunications services either by means of the liable person’s Public Telephony Network (PTN) or by means that rely primarily on the existence of its or any other PTN.

‘Liable person’ is defined as a person who provides a telecommunications service in New Zealand by means of operating a component of a public telecommunications network.

Only those parties that earn more than $10 million in telecommunications revenue in the year preceding the year under review are included and are subsequently known as a ‘qualifying liable person’.

Historic information regarding the TDL can be found in the Telecommunications Archive.

2016/17 TDL liability allocation determination

The liability allocation determination for the 2016/17 Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) covers the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

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2015/16 TDL liability allocation determination

The liability allocation determination for the 2015/16 Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

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2014/15 TDL liability allocation determination

The liability allocation determination for the 2014/15 Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) covers the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.

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2013/14 TDL liability allocation determination

The liability allocation determination for the 2013/14 Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) covers the period from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.

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2012/13 TDL liability allocation determination

The liability allocation determination for the 2012/13 Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) covers the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.

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Original Liable Persons and Qualified Revenue documents

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Enforcement responses

Enforcement responses to non-compliance with information specifications and notices

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