The New Zealand Commerce Commission released its final decision on how much each of the country's 15 telecommunications providers must pay toward the NZ$50 million Telecommunications Development Levy for 2015 through 2016.
More than 90% of the contributions will be shouldered by the top four telecom companies, the regulator announced Dec. 19.
Spark New Zealand Ltd., the country's biggest telco, will pay NZ$18.9 million. Vodafone Group Plc unit Vodafone NZ owes NZ$13.1 million, while Chorus is due for NZ$11.1 million and 2Degrees Mobile will pay NZ$3.6 million, iTWire reported Dec. 19.
The annual levy goes toward New Zealand's telecommunications infrastructure, which includes broadband for rural areas, enhancements to the national 111 emergency service and a relay service for the deaf and hearing impaired, according to NZ ComCom.
As of Dec. 19, US$1 was equivalent to NZ$1.44.