On 2 November 2017, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry to determine whether NBN wholesale service standard levels are appropriate, and consider whether regulation is necessary to improve consumer experiences.
The ACCC is rethinking the way it approaches spectrum competition issues ahead of the upcoming 5G auction, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said today.
At the RadComms conference in Sydney today, Mr Sims also urged government to take a long-term, consumer-centric approach to spectrum allocations.
“Traditionally, the ACCC has sought to prevent dominance of spectrum by any one licensee in particular bands. However, we are rethinking this approach,” Mr Sims told the conference.
ACCC Chairman Rod Sims on the ACCC’s rethink on the way it approaches spectrum ahead of 5G auction
The ACCC revoked the Regulatory accounting framework record keeping rule (RAF RKR) on 20 October 2017.
The ACCC has today published its draft report detailing its market study of the communications sector, which includes 29 recommendations spanning a wide range of competition and consumer issues in communications markets.
The year-long market study has seen the ACCC release an issues paper and consult with a wide range of industry participants and consumers, including considering 64 submissions and over 1000 responses to a consumer questionnaire and hosting a two-day industry forum.
The ACCC has decided not to declare domestic mobile roaming. However, it has identified a range of regulatory and policy measures that could improve inadequate mobile phone coverage and poor quality of service in regional Australia.
In deciding whether to declare a service, the ACCC must be satisfied that declaration would promote the long-term interests of end-users.
“The ACCC’s inquiry found that declaration would likely not lead to lower prices or better coverage or quality of services for regional Australians,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
During the declaration inquiry, the ACCC heard concerns from regional Australians about the inadequacy of their mobile services.
On 23 October 2017, the ACCC released its final report for the domestic mobile roaming declaration inquiry. The ACCC decided not to declare a domestic mobile roaming service as it is not satisfied that declaration would promote the long-term interests of end-users. We found that declaration is more likely to distort the competitive dynamics in the mobiles market by reducing mobile networks operators’ incentives to improve network coverage or differentiate their products.
On 24 October 2017 the ACCC released a public consultation paper regarding its proposal to update and make amendments to the Audit of Telecommunications Infrastructure Assets - Record Keeping Rules 2013 (Infrastructure RKR).
The ACCC today announced it will not make a decision on NBN Co’s proposed variation to its special access undertaking (SAU) until NBN Co further progresses its consultation with customers on its pricing model.
NBN Co submitted its revised SAU variation in June 2017 to incorporate fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-basement and hybrid fibre coaxial technologies (multi technology mix services) into the SAU, to reflect the current NBN model. This has the effect of extending the current SAU pricing arrangements to these MTM services.