Current declarations



Declared Service

Pursuant to section 152ALA(4) of the Competition and Consumer Act the ACCC has extended the expiry date for the wholesale asymmetric digital subscriber line service (Wholesale ADSL Service) declaration to 30 June 2029.

The ACCC has made this decision following a public inquiry. Further information on the inquiry can be found here: Public inquiry into the declaration of the domestic transmission capacity service, fixed line services and domestic mobile terminating access service.

Note: the previous expiry date was 30 June 2024.

Service Description

The wholesale asymmetric digital subscriber line service (wholesale ADSL service) is an internet-grade, best efforts point to point service for the carriage of communications in digital form between a point of interconnection and an end-user network boundary that:

(a)     is supplied by means of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology over a twisted metallic pair that runs from the end-user network boundary to the nearest upstream exchange or RIM or CMUX; and

(b)     uses a static Layer 2 tunnelling protocol (L2TP) over a transport layer to aggregate communications to the point of interconnection.


Where words or phrases used in this declaration are defined in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 or the Telecommunications Act 1997, they have the meaning given in the relevant Act.

In this Annexure:

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology or ADSL means the protocols, recommendations and standards set out in the ITU-TG.992 Recommendations.

Layer 2 has the same meaning as in the Open System Interconnection (OSI) Reference Model for data exchange.

a point of interconnection means an interface that is:
(a) a physical point of interconnection which allows the interconnection of facilities in accordance with subsection 152AR(5) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010; and
(b) located in the same state/territory that the access provider associates with the exchange service area in which the end-user network boundary is located.

an end-user network boundary means the boundary point of the telecommunications network that is:
(i) associated with the end-user premise; and
(ii) ascertained in accordance with section 22 of the Telecommunications Act.