Internet, phone & TV

Data economy drives dynamic changes

ACCC Chair Rod Sims discussed the local and global issues in regulating the data economy in a speech delivered in Sydney today.

Mr Sims examined the difficulty regulators face in determining the competition impacts when dynamic data companies merge, consumer issues and how the ACCC is well placed to take enforcement action in relation to data issues.

“One of the key challenges with merger cases in digital markets is predicting the likelihood of future competition between the target and the acquirer,” Mr Sims said.

Telcos on notice about false and misleading advertising

ACCC Chair Rod Sims has put telecommunications companies on notice to ensure their advertising is clear and transparent or face court action from the regulator, including much higher penalties and a warning that the ACCC may bring proceedings against executives who knowingly approve misleading advertisements.

Earlier this year the ACCC began investigating Optus, Vodafone and Telstra’s use of the term ‘unlimited’ to promote mobile data plans, concurrent with private litigation brought by Optus against Telstra in the Federal Court.

'Congestion-free' claims removed from Aussie Broadband's NBN advertising

NBN provider Aussie Broadband has removed statements across its advertising which described its broadband services as “congestion-free” in response to concerns raised by the ACCC.

Since July 2017, Aussie Broadband claimed that it offered “congestion-free NBN™” and a “congestion-free network”. Aussie Broadband made these statements widely in its advertising, including throughout its website, Facebook posts and advertisements, targeted emails and direct mail-out letters.

Australia's broadband speeds: first report

The ACCC today released the first results from its broadband speed testing program, which show NBN broadband services from iiNet, Optus, Telstra and TPG are now delivering between 80 and just over 90 per cent of the maximum plan speeds in the evening busy hours.

The report, part of the ACCC’s Measuring Broadband Australia program, found these busy hour speeds (between 7 and 11pm) are now only marginally below typical speeds at other times.

TPG to compensate customers for slow NBN speeds

TPG Internet Pty Ltd (TPG) will compensate nearly 8,000 of its customers who were misled about maximum speeds they could achieve on certain TPG NBN plans.

Between 1 September 2015 and 30 June 2017, TPG sold NBN broadband plans advertising a range of speeds, including the top 100/40 speed tier (download speeds of 100 Mbps and upload speeds of 40 Mbps).

TPG advertised its high-speed plan as “Seriously Fast Internet. Up to 100Mbps”.