Transmission services & facilities access

The ACCC regulates access to telecommunication wholesale services and infrastructure under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Telecommunication Act 1997. The aim of the access provisions is to ensure that consumers are able to connect with different networks and benefit from competition in the market.

The ACCC regulates transmission services in order to encourage competition, efficient use and investment in the telecommunication networks used for mobile and fixed line services. The ACCC also regulates access to telecommunication facilities and equipment so that carriers can easily interconnect their networks and provide a national service to consumers.

Projects

Title Industry Typesort descending Status
Domestic transmission capacity service pricing review Communications Price determination Finalised
2010

On 23 November 2010, the ACCC issued a Position Paper announcing its proposed domestic benchmarking approach to transmission pricing.

Domestic transmission capacity service pricing principles Communications Price determination Finalised

During 2003-04, the ACCC conducted a public consultation on pricing principles for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS), releasing its final report in September 2004. In the final report, the ACCC made pricing principles for the DTCS but did not set indicative prices.

The DTCS is a generic service that can be used for transmitting voice, data or other communications between transmission points located throughout Australia.

Telecommunications transmission capacity service cost model & documentation Communications Price determination Finalised

The ACCC released the final version of the telecommunications transmission cost model in April 2008. The model was designed with the flexibility to calculate cost-based pricing for backhaul on any land based (terrestrial) or under sea (submarine) telecommunications transmission route in Australia.

Domestic transmission capacity service declaration 2003-04 Communications Access declaration Finalised
2004

Following a public inquiry in 2003-04, a new declaration for the domestic transmission capacity service started on 1 April 2004 and expired on 31 March 2009.

Domestic transmission capacity service declaration 2009-2010 Communications Access declaration Finalised
2009

On 30 September 2010 the ACCC issued a final report varying the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS) declaration. In the final report the ACCC decided to vary the DTCS service description to include Ethernet network interfaces. The declaration expires on 31 March 2014.

Access codes - telecommunications facilities Communications Access declaration Finalised

On 18 September 2013 the ACCC decided to vary the Facilities Access Code.

Domestic transmission capacity service declaration 2013-2014 Communications Access declaration Finalised
28 March 2014

On 11 July 2013 the ACCC commenced an inquiry into the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service

Domestic transmission capacity service declaration 2008-09 Communications Access declaration Finalised
2009

On 19 March 2009, the ACCC released a final report on the DTCS declaration inquiry.

Telstra - Application for domestic PSTN originating access services exemptions Communications Access exemption Finalised

On 29 October 2008 the ACCC made two individual exemption orders exempting Telstra from the standard access obligations in respect of the supply of the Public Switched Telephone Network Originating Access (PSTN OA) service. The individual exemptions are subject to certain conditions and limitations and apply to:

Telstra - 2007 & 2008 application for the DTCS exemptions Communications Access exemption Finalised
2007

The ACCC released its final decision on 25 November 2008 in regards to Telstra's application seeking exemption from the standard access obligations of the DTCS.

Domestic transmission capacity service 2000-2001 Communications Access variation Finalised
2000

In May 2001 the ACCC varied the domestic transmission capacity service declaration, removing the remaining intercapital transmission routes from the service description.

Domestic transmission capacity service FAD variation inquiry 2014 Communications Access variation Finalised
17 December 2014

On 7 November 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into varying the 2012 domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS) final access determination (FAD).

On 17 December 2014, the ACCC concluded its inquiry into the variation of the 2012 DTCS FAD and released a final report. The ACCC has decided to vary the 2012 DTCS FAD so that it applies to the three regional routes and seven exchange serving areas re-regulated under the 2014 DTCS declaration. The varied 2012 DTCS FAD will commence on 1 January 2015 and will expire when a new DTCS FAD comes into operation.

Domestic transmission capacity service access determination 2011-12 Communications Access determination Finalised
2012

The ACCC published a final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS) in June 2012. The DTCS FAD was published with an explanatory statement, a report from Data Analysis Australia (DAA) on the linear regression model used to develop the price terms in the FAD, a DTCS Pricing Calculator and a DTCS Route Category Workbook.

Domestic transmission capacity service final access determination inquiry 2014 Communications Access determination Finalised
21 April 2016

On 23 May 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into making a final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS). The ACCC has commenced consultation on the primary price terms, with the release of a consultation paper on 23 July 2014.

The ACCC is consulting separately on non-price terms and conditions for the DTCS. On 25 March 2015, the ACCC released its draft decision on non-price terms and conditions, following a joint consultation process for a number of declared services, including the DTCS.

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