The ACCC has undertaken an assessment of competition on all DTCS routes (including both deregulated and regulated routes) using a revised methodology. As a result of the assessment, the ACCC determined that a further 137 metropolitan Exchange Serving Areas (ESAs) and 27 regional ESAs are sufficiently competitive and should be deregulated.
The ACCC has decided to allow for a transitional period of 9 months to apply before the changes to the scope of regulation take effect. That is, deregulation of the additional 137 metropolitan ESAs and 27 regional ESAs will take effect from 1 January 2020.
The ACCC has also decided to vary the DTCS service description to:
- provide a separate service classification for transmission between mobile base stations and the nearest available point on an access seeker’s network
- provide a separate service classification for transmission services according to commonly acquired speed tiers
- include online ordering and fault monitoring as basic service features of the DTCS, and
- clarify the meaning of the term ‘point of interconnection’.