Communications

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.

Consultation on Required Measure 5(E)

On 17 February 2017, Telstra provided the ACCC with a proposed Required Measure 5(E).

Required Measure 5(E) details the proposed process Telstra will use for the managed disconnection of direct Special Services and Special Service Inputs covered by NBN Co’s White Paper 3 – for the Access Service Family Wholesale Transmission – CRA 163 Telstra domestic tail transmission capacity service.

Consultation on Required Measure 5(D)

On 9 February 2017, Telstra provided the ACCC with a proposed Required Measure 5(D).

Required Measure 5(D) details the proposed process Telstra will use for the managed disconnection of direct Special Services and Special Service Inputs covered by NBN Co’s White Papers 3 and 4 – for Covered Access Service Families.

Telstra Covered Access Service Families encompasses six connecting carriage services providing customers with data access, data transmission and voice services.

Required Measures 5(A) and 5(B)

On 27 January 2017 Telstra submitted proposed Required Measures 5(A) (formerly named Required Measure 5) and 5(B) to the ACCC. Telstra has advised the ACCC that it did not receive any concerns or comments from wholesale customers on the Required Measures. Telstra advised that NBN Co did provide minor drafting points in each RM5 which have been largely accepted.

Confusion about broadband claims prompts ACCC guidance

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission consultation on fixed broadband speeds has found eighty percent of consumers are confused and want broadband speed information to be presented in a simple, standardised format to enable them to easily compare offers.

The ACCC has today published principles to help ensure internet service providers’ claims about broadband speeds aren’t misleading under the Australian Consumer Law.