Communications

ACCC issues draft determination on NBN Co's 2015-16 revenue controls

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination accepting NBN Co’s submission on its revenue controls for 2015-16. The ACCC has also set out its view that NBN Co’s prices did not exceed the maximum regulated prices in 2015-16.

NBN Co must make a submission to the ACCC each year on its allowable revenues to cover the costs of providing its services. The ACCC then assesses this against the methodology in the Special Access Undertaking.

Telstra's compliance with Structural Separation Undertaking improving

Telstra’s compliance with its Structural Separation Undertaking (SSU) has continued to improve reports the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in a report tabled in Parliament today.

The SSU implements structural separation through the migration of Telstra’s fixed line voice and broadband services to the national broadband network (NBN). It also requires Telstra to not use wholesale customer information or migration processes to favour its own retail business during the transition to the NBN.

Required Measure 5(E)

On 17 February 2017, Telstra provided the ACCC with a proposed Required Measure 5(E) that details the managed disconnection process Telstra will use for the direct Special Services and Special Service Inputs covered by NBN Co’s White Paper 3 – namely Telstra’s wholesale domestic tail transmission capacity service.

ACCC to monitor Australia's broadband performance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement today that it will fund a new broadband performance monitoring program to provide Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband speeds.

The program will use hardware-based devices to perform remote testing of around 4,000 households to determine typical speeds on fixed-line NBN services at various times throughout the day.

Required Measures 5(C) and 5(D)

On 31 January 2017, Telstra provided the ACCC with a proposed Required Measure 5(C) that details the managed disconnection process Telstra will use for the direct Special Services and Special Service Inputs covered by NBN Co’s White Paper 2 – for ATM over copper.

On 9 February 2017, Telstra also provided the ACCC with a proposed Required Measure 5(D) that details the managed disconnection process of Special Services covered by NBN Co’s White Papers 3 and 4.

Telstra's structural separation undertaking 2015-16

This report outlines breaches of the SSU for the period 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2016. The ACCC has prepared this report based on whether in its view, on the balance of probabilities, a breach of the SSU occurred.

Draft decision

On 28 March 2017, the ACCC published its draft decision on the SAU variation, inviting submissions from interested parties. On 12 April, the ACCC extended the consultation period to provide more time to stakeholders to consider and respond to the draft decision.