Internet interconnection

Internet interconnection is an important input into internet access services provided to residential and business customers.

Internet interconnection refers to the arrangements individual networks make with other networks to exchange internet traffic. To access content on (or originating from) another service provider’s network, an internet service provider must interconnect directly or indirectly (via a third party network) with that service provider. The two types of commercial models for internet interconnection are transit and peering.

The ACCC has considered issues associated with internet interconnection over a number of years. The ACCC also considered interconnection arrangements in our 2016-2018 communications sector market study.

In line with the recommendations of the market study, Optus, Telstra, TPG and Verizon each publish the criteria on which they will consider peering with other providers.

Title Industry Type Status
ACCC assessment of internet interconnection arrangements Communications Update Finalised
2018

Internet interconnection refers to the arrangements individual networks make with other networks to exchange internet traffic. To access content on (or originating from) another service provider’s network, an internet service provider must interconnect directly or indirectly (via a third party network) with that service provider. The two types of commercial models for internet interconnection are transit and peering.

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