Communications

Fixed-line telecommunications services review

The ACCC is commencing an inquiry to seek views on the future of the existing declarations of six fixed-line services on Telstra’s copper network post 31 July 2019 when they are set to expire.

Six of the telecommunications services offered as part of Telstra’s copper network are currently ‘declared’ services under section 152AL of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA).

Declaration allows access seekers to acquire the services on certain terms and conditions, including a maximum price.

A third of NBN users now on higher speed plans

Residential broadband customers continue to shift to higher speed NBN plans, with more than one third of all NBN services now on 50Mbps plans, according to the ACCC’s tenth quarterly Wholesale Market Indicators Report released today.

The report for the quarter ended 30 June 2018 also shows more providers are connecting to more points of interconnection (POIs), increasing competition.

The number of 50Mbps services increased by 47 per cent over the June quarter and nearly 1.5 million customers are now on these high-speed plans, up from just 159,000 in December 2017.

Consultation paper & submissions received

On 9 August 2018, the ACCC released a public consultation paper, draft Internet Activity Record Keeping Rule (RKR) document and templates as part of a consultation process for its proposed Internet Activity RKR. The purpose of this consultation was to seek submissions from a range of stakeholders, including industry and data users, on the ACCC’s proposed Internet Activity RKR.

Submissions to the consultation closed on Friday 21 September 2018.

ACCC commences inquiry into regulation of wholesale mobile voice and SMS services

The ACCC has today commenced a public inquiry to decide whether to extend, vary or revoke the domestic mobile terminating access service (MTAS) declaration, or whether to make a new declaration.

The MTAS is a wholesale service that allows consumers on different mobile networks to make calls or send SMS to each other. The ACCC regulates the MTAS to ensure that calls can be made between consumers on all mobile phone networks.

The Australian mobile industry has changed significantly even since 2014 when the current declaration was made.

Facilities Access Code Review 2018

The ACCC’s A Code of Access to Telecommunications Transmission Towers, Sites of Towers and Underground Facilities (the Facilities Access Code) was made under Clause 37 of Part 5 of Schedule 1 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. It governs how access to certain telecommunications facilities owned by telecommunications carriers, including mobile towers and underground ducts, is provided to other carriers seeking to install their equipment on or in those facilities.

Broadband speeds strong but improvements needed for some

The ACCC’s latest broadband speed data, released today, shows mainly pleasing, but some concerning, results. While most NBN fixed-line broadband customers are receiving relatively fast internet speeds, including during busy hours, which we strongly welcome, there is still an important number who are receiving poor service, including around 7% of consumers who receive less than half of the maximum speed of their plan.