The ACCC has commenced a market study of the communications sector. The study will examine existing or emerging competition and consumer issues in the sector.
The Australian communications sector is going through a period of significant change. In addition to global developments in technology and product innovation, the Australian industry is experiencing major structural change as the NBN is deployed and consumer preferences for, and use of, communications services change.
The ACCC is undertaking the market study to ensure that the implications of developments in the communication sector are well understood, to identify issues that prevent relevant markets from delivering economically efficient and competitive outcomes in the interests of consumers, and to identify options, if required, to address these issues.
The study will:
- identify current and emerging trends and issues that are likely to significantly affect the efficiency and level of competition in relevant communication markets over the next 3 to 5 years, including issues associated with market power and the consequences of it being exercised
- consider these trends and issues for relevant markets, which will include, but not be limited to, those for the supply of:
- fixed and mobile network services
- core and aggregation network services such as internet protocol (IP) switching and domestic and international transmission
- services using over the top platforms and content delivery mechanisms.
- consider the effect of consolidation, structural change and emerging business models in the Australian communications sector on efficiency and competition
- consider whether the transparency and comparability of consumer product information and costs of switching service provider impede competitive outcomes
- make findings and identify options that would better place the ACCC to address material issues, including in relation to whether current ACCC regulatory focus is appropriate to meet the requirements of the changing communications landscape.
Key elements of the communications services supply chain
The ACCC has released an issues paper outlining the areas we propose to explore as part of the communications sector market study and to assist interested parties in making submissions.
The issues discussed in the paper are intended to be a guide and are not exhaustive. The ACCC encourages interested parties to raise other relevant issues in submissions.
The issues paper also contains:
- information about how to make submissions and key dates for the market study
- details about what will be covered in the market study
- issues on which we are seeking comment
Submissions to the Issues Paper closed on Friday 14 October 2016.
The following submissions were received following public consultation.
Confidentiality of submissions
To facilitate an informed and open consultation, the ACCC will treat all submissions as public and publish them on the ACCC website.
If you have concerns about the disclosure of certain information in your submission, you may make a confidentiality claim over all or part/s of the submission. More information on the treatment of confidential submissions can be found in the issues paper.
On 3–4 July, the ACCC hosted a stakeholder forum to hear views from industry on the issues facing the communications sector. The discussion from this forum, summarised below, will inform the findings and recommendations of the draft report.
The timeline dates are indicative and will be confirmed as the market study progresses.
|Issues paper submissions opened||5 September 2016|
|Issues paper submissions closed||14 October 2016|
|Further consultation as required||January-March 2017|
|Stakeholder forum||3-4 July 2017|
|Draft report||October 2017|
|Consultation on draft report||October-November 2017|
|Final report released||Early 2018|
Interested parties can register interest in the market study by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by subscribing to the ACCC’s Communication Information Network for regular email updates in the communications sector.