Communications

ACCC assessment of NBN-Telstra service delivery agreements

On 2 September 2016 the ACCC released its report concerning its assessment of the NBN Co-Telstra service delivery agreements, including measures that have been developed with a view to mitigating the competition issues.

ACCC to undertake market study of the communications sector

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims announced at the ACCC/AER Regulatory Conference dinner that the ACCC’s next market study will focus on the Australian communications sector.

The market study will examine a wide range of issues concerning competition and efficiency in communications markets and will involve consultation with industry participants and consumers.

Mr Sims said Australia is witnessing a significant change in the way communications occur.

Superfast broadband networks opened up to competition through ACCC declaration

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided to regulate access to wholesale superfast broadband services and today declared a five-year ‘superfast broadband access service’ (SBAS).

The SBAS declaration allows retailers to access non-NBN network services with a downstream data rate normally more than 25 Mbps. This includes the fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) network operated by TPG subsidiary AAPT, and Telstra’s fibre networks in South Brisbane and Velocity estates.

Final Decision

[Insert] On 27 July 2016, the ACCC made a decision to declare a superfast broadband service, to be called the superfast broadband access service (SBAS). This declaration commenced on 29 July 2016. This declaration will expire on 28 July 2021 unless varied or revoked . The declaration instrument, which includes SBAS service description, is available at the ACCC’s public registers