On 26 May 2017, the ACCC released its final report and decision on its inquiry to make final access determinations for the superfast broadband access service (SBAS) and local bitstream access service (LBAS).
On 22 May 2017, the ACCC published a notice of its intention to commence an open tender to appoint an independent testing provider for the program. The tender documents are expected to be available from AusTender in late May 2017.
On 16 May 2017 the ACCC released a public consultation paper regarding the future operation of the TEF RKR. Following the consultation process the ACCC decided to allow the TEF RKR to expire on 14 July 2017.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its draft decision proposing to not declare a wholesale domestic mobile roaming service.
“The ACCC has insufficient evidence that declaration will improve the current state of competition overall,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its fifth quarterly National Broadband Network Wholesale Market Indicators Report for the period ending 31 March 2017.
Key points from the March report:
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 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.
The ACCC has released a draft decision for the domestic mobile roaming declaration inquiry. Submissions to the draft decision will close on 29 May 2017.
On 7 April 2017, the Federal Government announced that it will fund a new broadband performance monitoring program to provide Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband speeds.
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.