The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today issued its second Telecommunications Market Indicator Report which contains selected revenue and usage information for the 2002-03 financial year and market shares from the previous year.
The report is compiled using information provided by carriers that currently report under the Regulatory Accounting Framework (RAF).
"The regular issuing of this report will continue to improve the integrity and transparency of the information provided by reporting RAF carriers, and assist the ACCC to more effectively administer the telecommunications provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974", ACCC Commissioner, Mr Ed Willett, said today.
The RAF is a series of rules that require Telstra, Optus, AAPT, Primus and Vodafone to maintain financial records and prepare financial statements in a common format.
On this basis, the information contained in the Market Indicator report does not provide a comprehensive overview of market shares and competition in the entire telecommunications sector.
Although the RAF provides standard rules which should be applied consistently by all reporting carriers, the ACCC is aware of some discrepancies between carriers in interpretation of the rules. For example, the ACCC is aware that there are some discrepancies in the way that reporting RAF carriers currently allocate revenue and usage information to the 'GSM originating and terminating' external wholesale service. In these instances, the ACCC is not likely to place much emphasis on this information in its regulatory decision-making, though it does intend to rectify these discrepancies for future reports.
After a statutory consultation process, the ACCC has now decided to make this information publicly available. Given this is the second Market Indicator Report, there is limited information on market growth and changes in market shares between
2001-02 and 2002-03.
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