On 27 January 2017 Telstra submitted proposed Required Measures 5(A) (formerly named Required Measure 5) and 5(B) to the ACCC. Telstra has advised the ACCC that it did not receive any concerns or comments from wholesale customers on the Required Measures. Telstra advised that NBN Co did provide minor drafting points in each RM5 which have been largely accepted.
Required Measure 5(A) details the proposed process Telstra will use for the managed disconnection of direct Special Services and Special Service Inputs covered by NBN Co’s White Paper 1 – for the Ethernet Lite BDSL and Wholesale BDSL.
Required Measure 5(B) details the proposed process Telstra will use for the managed disconnection of direct Special Services and Special Service Inputs covered by NBN Co’s White Paper 2 – for CustomNet Spectrum.
Special Services (and Special Service Inputs) are generally business services delivered over Telstra’s copper network for which a replacement product was not initially available over the National Broadband Network (NBN). For this reason, Special Services are disconnected during the course of the NBN rollout on a different timetable to the ‘region by region’ disconnection process used for standard voice and broadband services. An extended timeframe for disconnection has been provided for Special Services in order to allow time for replacement product functionality to be developed.
The ACCC is not required to approve the Required Measures but may object to it if it does not comply with the Migration Plan Principles. The ACCC considers that the Required Measures are consistent with the Migration Plan Principles and does not object to it.
Telstra intends to publish these Required Measures on 27 February 2017. Once published, these Required Measures will form part of the Migration Plan.