Internet, phone & TV

Views sought on issues for draft news media and digital platforms bargaining code

The ACCC is seeking views to inform its work on developing a new draft mandatory code that will address bargaining power imbalances between Australia’s news media businesses and Google and Facebook.

A concepts paper, released today, sets out a range of issues for which the ACCC is seeking feedback and information; including what should be included in the draft bargaining code, how particular issues should be addressed, and how the code should operate.

Home broadband for consumers

NBN utilises a number of technologies to deliver home broadband to consumers across Australia. There are various factors that may affect your broadband quality and some simple steps you can take to maximise the performance of your internet service if you have a fixed line broadband connection.

NBN Co, telcos to coordinate on demand surge and consumer support package

The ACCC has granted interim authorisation allowing NBN Co and five retail service providers (RSPs) to work together to take measures necessary to keep Australia’s telecommunications networks operating effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as support consumers and small businesses adversely impacted by the pandemic.

At the request of the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, NBN Co and Australia’s five biggest retail service providers have formed a special working group, which includes Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Hutchison, TPG and Vocus.

Competition issues in upcoming 5G spectrum allocation

The ACCC is seeking feedback on any competition issues associated with an upcoming spectrum allocation which will impact rollout of 5G services across the Australian economy.

The ACCC has been asked to advise the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, on whether limits should be imposed in the auction in order to protect and promote competition and, if so, how those limits should be applied.

Federal Court allows TPG-Vodafone merger

The Federal Court has declared a proposed merger between TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (ASX: HTA) would not substantially lessen competition.

The ACCC opposed the merger last year because it considered that, in the absence of the merger, TPG was likely to continue to roll out its own mobile network and become an innovative and disruptive competitor in Australia’s concentrated mobile telecommunications market.

NBN plan speeds pick up for most consumers

Australians are benefitting from faster average download speeds, the ACCC’s eighth Measuring Broadband Australia report reveals, with retail service providers (RSPs) now delivering more than 80 per cent of maximum plan speeds in the busy evening hours.

The latest Measuring Broadband Australia report, based on speed tests carried out during November 2019, shows Australian broadband plans achieved average download speeds of 85.3 per cent of their maximum possible speeds during the busy evening hours of 7pm to 11pm.