Transmission services and facility access regulation

  • The ACCC regulates certain wholesale transmission services. These are high-capacity data links, usually fibre cables

  • The ACCC regulates transmission services where wholesale competition is lacking.

What the ACCC does

  • We regulate and set prices for certain wholesale transmission services.
  • We may get involved in access disputes about wholesale telecommunications facilities and equipment.

What the ACCC can't do

  • We don’t regulate all transmission services - only some.

About transmission services

Transmission services are high-capacity data links. They are usually fibre cables that run down suburban streets or between cities and regional centres.

Transmission, often called ‘backhaul:

  • carries large volumes of voice, internet and video traffic between two locations
  • forms the basis of the entire communications network.

What we do in regulating transmission services

The ACCC regulates transmission services where wholesale competition is lacking.

We regulate and set prices for certain wholesale transmission services. We may also get involved in access disputes about wholesale telecommunications facilities and equipment.

We do this to:

  • ensure service providers can supply high quality and reliable products to consumers in all areas of the country
  • help keep communication services competitive
  • encourage competition, efficient use of and investment in telecommunication networks.

The legal basis of our functions

Our work is under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Telecommunications Act 1997.

Transmission services and facility projects

See a complete list of telecommunications and internet projects.

Title Industry Type Status
s581ZH review of the corporate control percentage Communications Review Finalised

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

Domestic transmission capacity service final access determination inquiry 2019-2020 Communications Access determination Finalised
23 October 2020

On 5 June 2019, the ACCC released a consultation paper to formally commence a public inquiry into making a final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS).

Facilities Access Code Review 2019 Communications Review Finalised
25 June 2020

The ACCC’s A Code of Access to Telecommunications Transmission Towers, Sites of Towers and Underground Facilities (the Facilities Access Code) was made under Clause 37 of Part 5 of Schedule 1 of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

Domestic transmission capacity service declaration inquiry 2018-2019 Communications Access declaration Finalised
1 April 2019

On 5 March 2018 the ACCC commenced an inquiry into the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS) including whether to extend, vary or revoke the DTCS declaration.

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.

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 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

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 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 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 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.

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 - 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.

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:

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