Superfast broadband access service declaration inquiry
On 11 September 2014, the ACCC commenced a declaration inquiry into whether a superfast broadband access service, such as the very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) service, should be regulated under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
Vectored VDSL2 technology is capable of delivering superfast broadband service over the final length of copper cable. The use of vectoring removes interference that would otherwise reduce the data speeds that could be provided on copper lines within a single cable. However, vectoring is only effective if there is one network provider operating all the copper lines within a cable. This could give rise to competition concerns if providers were to install vectored VDSL2 equipment in multi-dwelling buildings without providing access to other retail services providers on competitive terms.