Telecommunications and internet

  • The ACCC is responsible for the economic regulation of the telecommunications sector, including the National Broadband Network (NBN) and mobiles services.
  • We promote competition, remedy market failure, allow access to essential infrastructure, and work to protect consumers in this sector.
  • Our work is done under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and other legislation.

Projects

Title Type Status
Mobile Infrastructure Report Monitoring Ongoing
9 September 2022

The Mobile Infrastructure Report provides analysis on the change in mobile network operators' (MNOs) mobile infrastructure and coverage. The analysis is based on information collected from the three national MNOs - Singtel Optus Pty Limited (Optus), Telstra Corporation Limited (Telstra) and TPG Telecom Limited (TPG) under the Audit of Telecommunications Infrastructure Assets – Record Keeping Rules (Infrastructure RKR).

s581ZH review of the corporate control percentage Review Finalised

The Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 came in to force in December 2021.

NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report Policy development Ongoing
18 August 2022

The ACCC proposes to publish a NBN Wholesale Market Indicators report which would provide, on a quarterly basis, visibility over the development of the wholesale market for NBN access services.

Measuring Broadband Australia program Monitoring Ongoing
31 August 2021

The Measuring Broadband Australia program provides Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband performance to assist their purchasing decisions.

Regional mobile infrastructure inquiry 2022-23 Inquiry Submissions due
5 August 2022

On 31 March 2022, the Australian Government announced that it had directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into towers used in the supply of mobile telecommunications and other radiocommunications services in regional areas, and into the feasibility of providing mobile roaming during natural disasters or other emergencies.

Industry guidance on the carrier separation rules Guideline Ongoing
2022

In April 2022, the ACCC published draft explanatory material relating to the carrier separation rules in Part 8 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) (Telecommunications Act).

Spectrum competition limits Policy development Ongoing
27 April 2021

When the ACMA is allocating spectrum licences, it may impose limits (competition limits) on the amount of spectrum that a person can acquire under the allocated licences. In determining allocation limits, the ACMA is required to consult with the ACCC on the competition limits that may be appropriate.

NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking Monitoring Finalised
27 April 2021

On 13 December 2013 the ACCC accepted NBN Co's Special Access Undertaking (SAU). The SAU commenced on 13 December 2013 and will expire in 2040.

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