Telecommunications access dispute

23 December 2004

PowerTel Limited has notified the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of an access dispute with Vodafone Pty Limited, under Part XIC of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

The dispute relates to:

  • the price paid by PowerTel for the Domestic Mobile Terminating Access Service* supplied by Vodafone by means of its mobile network; and
  • certain terms and conditions on which Vodafone proposes to supply this service.

The ACCC has begun the arbitration process for this access dispute.

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.

In this case, the dispute relates to the charges, and other terms and conditions, for carrying that portion of a call which terminates on Vodafone’s mobile network.

Release number: 
MR 303/04
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