Pursuant to section 152ALA(4) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission extends the expiry date for the Fixed Originating Access Service (FOAS) declaration to 30 June 2024.
Note: the previous expiry date was 31 July 2019.
An access service for the carriage of telephone calls (i.e. voice, data over the voice band) to a POI from end-customers assigned numbers from the geographic number ranges of the Australian Numbering Plan and directly connected to the access provider's network.
For the avoidance of doubt, the service also includes a service for the carriage of telephone calls from customer equipment at an end-user's premises to a POI, or potential POI, located at or associated with a local switch (being the switch closest to the end-user making the telephone call) and located on the outgoing trunk side of the switch.
The service will establish a connection for the purposes of voice communication with the standard bandwidth of 3.1kHz.
The service is provided on a call that is made with:
- pre-selection, or
- an access seeker specific code including Special Services codes and number ranges, or
- a long distance, international or shared operator codes dialled with an over-ride/access code in accordance with the Australian Numbering Plan.
Pre-selection and code override services are not declared where connectivity between the enduser directly connected to the access provider’s network and a POI is provided in whole or in part by means of a Layer 2 bitstream service that is supplied by an NBN corporation.
Signals for this service will use CCS#7 signalling. Unless otherwise agreed, this CCS#7 signalling will be in accordance with the NIIF/ACIF Interconnection-ISUP specification.
Nature of switchports
At POIs the calls will be delivered to the AS at 2.048Mbit/sec Switchports. The switchports will operate at 2.048Mbit/sec in accordance with the ITU Recommendations G.703, G. 704 and G.732 (Blue Book).
Where words or phrases used in this declaration are defined in the Act or the Telecommunications Act 1997, they have the meaning given in the relevant Act.
NBN corporation has the same meaning as in the National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011.
point of Interconnection or POI means an agreed location which:
- is a physical point of demarcation between the networks nominated by the access seeker and the access provider; and
- is associated (but not necessarily co-located with) with one or more gateway exchanges of each of the networks nominated by the access seeker and the access provider in respect of the POIs nominated by the access provider.