ACCC issues extensive report on communications market

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. 

ACCC not to declare mobile roaming but identifies measures to improve regional mobile coverage

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.

Final report

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.

ACCC decision on NBN Co’s SAU variation on hold

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.