Communications

ACCC draft decision maintains wholesale ADSL regulation during transition to NBN

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today released its draft decision to continue regulating the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service for a further five years.

The ACCC considers that continuing to regulate the wholesale ADSL service will benefit customers by promoting competition in broadband markets until the NBN rollout is complete.

“Telstra retains its dominant position in both the wholesale and retail markets for the supply of ADSL fixed-line broadband services on a national level,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.

Draft decision

On 14 October 2016 the ACCC released a report of its draft decision for the wholesale ADSL declaration inquiry. In the report the ACCC indicates that it intends to extend declaration of the wholesale ADSL service for five years, until 13 February 2022.

ACCC invites industry comment on ‘complex, fascinating and vital’ telecommunications issues

Amid extraordinary change and stronger than ever consumer demand for better connectivity, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims invited the telecommunications industry to have its say on regulatory issues.

At the CommsDay Congress held in Melbourne today, Mr Sims said the Australian telecommunications industry continues to undergo changes relating to rapidly evolving technology, structural change, product innovation, and changing consumer preferences.

ACCC releases issues paper for communications sector market study

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today released an issues paper to begin seeking feedback from industry and consumers as part of its market study of the communications sector.

The paper calls for comment on a range of matters that may affect competition, the efficient operation of markets, and investment incentives over the next five years and beyond.

ACCC to consider declaration of mobile roaming

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will today commence an inquiry into whether or not to declare a wholesale domestic mobile roaming service.

Access to a roaming service would enable mobile service providers to provide coverage for their customers in areas where they don’t have their own network.

The ACCC is aware that mobile coverage is an increasingly important issue in Australia, with a greater impact on those living in regional areas.