The ACCC has undertaken an assessment of competition on all DTCS routes (including both deregulated and regulated routes) using a revised methodology. The results of the competition assessment have found that an additional 112 metropolitan Exchange Serving Areas (ESAs) and 8 regional routes are sufficiently competitive and should be removed from regulation. Three regional routes that are currently deregulated have failed to meet the revised competition assessment and will be re-regulated.
The ACCC has decided that a transitional period of 9 months will apply before the changes to the scope of regulation take effect. That is, from 1 January 2015, the additional 112 metropolitan ESAs and 8 regional routes found to be competitive will be removed from regulation. From this date, the three regional routes which failed to meet the revised competition methodology will also be re-declared.
The ACCC has also consulted widely on the service description for the DTCS throughout the inquiry. The ACCC has decided to vary the DTCS service description to reflect the ACCC’s competition assessment and to improve it general clarity.