Fixed line services

Under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act), the ACCC is able to declare and make final access determinations for listed carriage services if it considers it is in the long term interests of end users for it to do so. The ACCC regulates seven fixed line services.

Projects

Title Industry Type Status
Wholesale ADSL declaration inquiry 2010 Communications Access declaration Finalised
2011

In April 2011, following further consultation with industry participants, the ACCC decided not to commence a declaration inquiry.

Access pricing principles for fixed line services review Communications Price determination Finalised
2010

Given the legislative changes under the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Act 2010, the ACCC suspended the review of the access pricing principles for fixed line services.

The ACCC continued to analyse submissions and new information received in response to the review of the access pricing principles.

Fixed line wholesale services pricing review 2009-2010 Communications Review Finalised
2010

On 3 December 2009 the ACCC announced a fundamental review of the Access Pricing Principles for telecommunications services. As a result of the review, the ACCC decided to maintain the current pricing principles and indicative prices for fixed line services until 31 December 2010.

WLR, LCS & PSTN OA class exemptions variation Communications Access exemption Finalised
2008

On 18 November 2009, the ACCC released a final decision to vary the class exemptions for the WLR, LCS and PSTN OA services.

Australian Competition Tribunal orders in relation to WLR, LCS & PSTN OA service access exemption Communications Access exemption Finalised
2008

The exemptions provisions relating to the WLR, LCS and PSTN OA services have been removed from the relevant final access determinations as of 17 December 2011. The exemptions no longer apply in any Exchange Service Areas.

Fixed network services declaration inquiry Communications Access declaration Finalised
2005

On 15 July 2009, the ACCC issued a final decision to extend the declaration of each of the six fixed-line services for a period of five years until 31 July 2014.

Possible variation of the ULLS declaration 2007 Communications Access declaration Historical
May 2007

The ACCC's final view is that it is not satisfied that varying the ULLS service description at this time would promote the long-term interests of end users.

Telstra - Unconditioned local loop service access undertaking 2008 Communications Access undertaking Finalised
2008

On 22 April 2009 the ACCC decided to reject the Undertaking. The ACCC released a final decision to reject this Telstra & ULLS Undertaking on 28 April 2009.

Model non-price terms and conditions Communications Price determination Finalised

The ACCC held a consultation process about model non-price terms and conditions for the public switched telephone network (PSTN), unconditioned local loop service (ULLS) and local carriage service (LCS).

Telstra exemption application: Optus cable network areas 2007 Communications Review Finalised
2007

On 11 November 2008, the ACCC issued a final decision rejecting Telstra's exemption application relating to the Optus HFC network

Local carriage service & wholesale line rental pricing principles & indicative prices 2008-09 Communications Price determination Finalised
2009

The ACCC has taken the submissions into account in developing the final pricing principles and indicative prices. The final report was released on 6 August 2008.

Telstra LCS & WLR exemption inquiry 2007 Communications Access exemption Finalised
2008

On 22 August 2008, the ACCC decided to grant Telstra exemptions from the standard access obligations in respect of the supply of the local carriage service and wholesale line rental subject to a number of proposed limitations and conditions.

Unconditioned Local Loop Service pricing principles & indicative prices 2008-09 Communications Review Finalised
2009

In November 2007, as part of the ACCC's strategic review of the regulation of fixed services, the ACCC issued an Unconditioned Local Loop Service (ULLS) pricing principles determination. The final report was released on 4 June 2008.

G9 FANOC - Fibre to the node SAU Communications Access undertaking Withdrawn
2007

On 10 March 2008, FANOC formally advised that it was withdrawing the Special Access Undertaking.

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