Telepermit Overview

In New Zealand the Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) is a business unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and is responsible for efficiently and effectively managing radio spectrum. Part of their responsibility is the administration and management of electro-magnetic compatibility and radio standards for telecommunications equipment. They are the Regulator.

Energy Safety is part of the WorkSafe New Zealand which is the government agency responsible for providing an effective investigation, compliance, enforcement and conformance regime for electrical safety. Part of their responsibility is the administration and management of electrical safety standards for telecommunications equipment. They are the Regulator.

Spark has a formal process for setting standards for equipment which may be attached to its various telecommunications networks. Spark operates a Permit to Connect (PTC) approval system for equipment to be attached to the Spark network.

New Zealand law states that "a person may only connect equipment to a network or anything connected to a network that is owned or operated by an operator who has agreed to the connection" (section 106, Telecommunications Act 2001). Spark's agreement to the connection of any equipment is shown by Spark issuing a Telepermit.

Once equipment has complied with the specifications and conditions in accordance with the PTC Acceptance Testing Process, Spark provides an agreement for connection of the equipment by granting a Telepermit to the applicant. The Telepermit certification illustrates that the equipment is fit for purpose, that it meets requirements and it can be expected that it will not interfere with other services or users.

Products sold in New Zealand that have been granted a Telepermit also have the right to display a Telepermit label on the equipment. This label clearly indicates that the product has been certified and may be connected to the Spark network.

Products that have not been Telepermitted must not be connected to Spark network. Such products may be considered in breach of the section 106, Telecommunications Act 2001 and the seller may face legal action under the Consumer Guarantees Act.

Any person that connects a product that has not been Telepermitted to the Spark network may also be considered to be in breach of the section 106, Telecommunications Act 2001 and may face legal action.