Communications

The ACCC is responsible for the economic regulation of the communications sector, including telecommunications and the National Broadband Network (NBN), broadcasting and content sectors.

Projects

Title Type Status
NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking implementation Monitoring Ongoing
12 August 2014

On 13 December 2013 the ACCC accepted NBN Co's Special Access Undertaking (SAU). The SAU commenced on 13 December 2013 and will expire in 2040.

The SAU specifies price and non-price terms and conditions relating to access to NBN Co's fibre, fixed wireless and satellite networks and other related services. Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 provides a role for the ACCC in monitoring and enforcing NBN Co's complaince with the SAU.

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Telstra's Structural Separation Undertaking Monitoring Ongoing
5 August 2014
On 19 June 2013, the ACCC approved two minor variations to Telstra's SSU.

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NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules Monitoring Submissions due
15 August 2014

The NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules request information from NBN Co on the number of Access Virtual Circuit (AVC) services in operation, as well as information on the amount of Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) capacity being acquired and average CVC utilisation over the NBN.

This information will be used to assist the ACCC in performing its regulatory functions under Parts XIB and XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and is likely to eventually replace the Customer Access Network (CAN) RKR.

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Mobile terminating access service FAD inquiry 2014 Access determination Submissions due
29 August 2014
The ACCC commences a public inquiry into making a final access determination for the Mobile Terminating Access Service (MTAS).

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FAD inquiries - Non-price terms & conditions & supplementary prices Access determination Ongoing
15 July 2014

The ACCC has commenced consultation on non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues for a number of related declared services:

  • fixed line services and wholesale ADSL service
  • mobile terminating access service (MTAS)
  • domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS)

On 23 May 2014, the ACCC released a position paper, seeking views on these issues.

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Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2013 Access determination Submissions due
26 September 2014

On 11 July 2013 the ACCC commenced a combined public inquiry into making final access determinations (FADs) for a number of the fixed line services and the wholesale ADSL service (FAD inquiry). The fixed line services are the:

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Access to Telstra exchange facilities (TEF RKR) Review Finalised
14 July 2014
Following a consultation process, the ACCC has extended the operation of the TEF RKR (with some minor variations) for another 3 years until 14 July 2014.

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Fixed line services - FAD variation inquiry 2014 Access variation Finalised
20 June 2014

On 17 April 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into varying the final access determinations (FADs) for the unconditioned local loop service (ULLS), line sharing service (LSS), wholesale line rental (WLR) service and local carriage service (LCS) to reflect the changes to the scope of fixed line services regulation.

This inquiry considered whether the ACCC should vary the LCS and WLR service FADs to reflect the ACCC’s recent decision to remove the regulatory ‘carve outs’ for the central business districts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

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