The ACCC has today published NBN Co’s proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking, which is a key part of the regulation of the NBN. It sets the maximum prices and terms and conditions for broadband providers to access the NBN until 2040.
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Smaller broadband providers slightly increased their market share in the NBN wholesale market in the March 2022 quarter at the expense of the three major telcos, the ACCC’s latest NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report reveals.
The report looks at the wholesale market for NBN services, particularly the residential broadband services that retailers buy from NBN to sell to consumers.
An ACCC report examining general online retail marketplaces, such as Amazon Australia, Catch, eBay Australia and Kogan, has highlighted a range of concerns about how they operate as well as the significant benefits they provide to consumers and sellers.
Online marketplaces provide a low-cost way for sellers to enter the market and give consumers a greater choice of goods.
The ACCC’s formal consultation on NBN Co’s proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking has been delayed to provide NBN Co time to address practical issues with the release of information it claims is commercially sensitive.
The proposed variation to the undertaking follows a series of industry working group meetings run by the ACCC in the second half of 2021 that identified a range of issues with the regulation under the current undertaking, and discussed alternative proposals.
NBN fixed wireless download speeds have improved significantly over the past year, the ACCC’s latest Measuring Broadband Australia quarterly report shows. Speeds in December 2021 were 93.4 per cent of plan speed during all hours and 79.8 per cent of plan speed during the busy hours of 7-11pm.
The ACCC, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, and Office of the eSafety Commissioner have together formed the Digital Platform Regulators Forum.
“The new Digital Platform Regulators Forum seeks to increase cooperation and information sharing between digital platform regulators on the common areas of our work, including approaches to regulation,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.
The ACCC is seeking views from consumers, businesses and other parties on options for legislative reform to address concerns about the dominance of digital platforms.
A discussion paper, released today, outlines options for addressing harms to competition, consumers, and business users in a range of areas dominated by large digital platforms, including social media, search, app marketplaces, general online retail marketplaces and ad tech.
Almost 8.6 million residential broadband services are now on the NBN and 58 per cent are on high speed services of 50 Mbps, with an additional 15 per cent of customers on speeds of over 50 Mbps, the ACCC’s latest NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report reveals.
Australians are paying more for their broadband and mobile phone services than they were a year ago but are receiving faster NBN speeds and more data allowances in their mobile plans in return, the ACCC’s 2020-21 Communications Market Report shows.
The report presents significant trends and developments in the markets for fixed broadband and mobile phone services, and on the state of competition in the telecommunications sector.