Communications

Final decision

On 19 June 2021 the ACCC concluded its inquiry into the superfast broadband access service (SBAS) and local bitstream access service (LBAS) and released a final report on its findings.

Roundtable marks first step in determining future regulation of NBN

A new regulatory model for Australia’s National Broadband Network is one step closer after a telecommunications industry roundtable last week brought together NBN Co, broadband retailers, industry groups, consumer representatives and government.

The ACCC called the roundtable after NBN Co announced it would be seeking to revise its special access undertaking, which is a key part of the regulation that governs the prices NBN Co can charge retailers.

Australian consumers now paying more for mobile plans

Millions of Australian consumers will pay more for their mobile phone plans after recent price increases by all three big telco companies, new analysis by the ACCC has found.

Since July 2020, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have increased the price of several post-paid plans, and have effectively increased the price of a range of pre-paid plans by reducing their expiry periods, forcing customers to recharge more often.

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone collectively hold 87 per cent of the total retail mobile phone market, and have more than 95 per cent of the post-paid market.