Four telecommunications access disputes have been notified to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission under Part XIC of the Trade Practices Act 1974.
Telstra Corporation Limited has notified the ACCC of two access disputes, one with Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) Ltd (HTAL) and the other with Hutchison 3G Australia Pty Ltd (H3GA).
These two access disputes relate to the price paid by Telstra for the Domestic Mobile Terminating Access Service* supplied by HTAL and H3GA.
In addition, HTAL and H3GA have each notified the ACCC of an access dispute with Vodafone Network Pty Ltd.
Both of these disputes relate to the price paid by Vodafone for the Domestic Mobile Terminating Access Service supplied by HTAL and H3GA.
The ACCC has commenced the arbitration processes for these access disputes.
Given that the legislation contemplates that arbitrations be conducted in private, the ACCC will not be making any public comment at this stage.
*The Domestic Mobile Terminating Access Service is a wholesale input, used by providers of fixed-to-mobile and mobile-to-mobile calls, to allow their customers to call mobile phone users. It allows consumers (either fixed-line or mobile) to call mobile users connected to another network. The carrier whose customer initiates the call pays the carrier whose customer receives the call for the mobile terminating access service.
The disputes relate to the charges, and other terms and conditions, for carrying that portion of a call which terminates on HTAL's mobile network and H3GA's mobile network.
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