Communications

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.

Further consultation

The ACCC has conducted a further consultation on three proposed modifications to the pricing approach prior to making a final decision on the SBAS and LBAS FADs.

The ACCC also asked UXC Consulting to undertake further modelling to assist the ACCC to make a final decision on the small provider exemption to be adopted for the SBAS FAD.

Demand for data driving changes in telco market

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today published its annual reports on prices and competition in the telecommunications sector.

Data downloads have increased 52 per cent for fixed broadband and 69 per cent for mobile.

“These reports show that many of the significant structural changes transforming the sector in 2015-16 are being driven by consumer demand,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

ACCC telecommunications report 2015-16

This publication contains two reports: Competition in the Australian telecommunications sector, and Price changes for telecommunications services in Australia.