[AusNOG] ACCC declares ADSL2+
pbrooks-ausnog at layer10.com.au
Wed Feb 15 09:36:01 EST 2012
Perhaps the mailing list is running slow this morning - I would have thought there
would be lots of traffic on this announcement:
> ACCC declares wholesale ADSL, commences related processes
> The ACCC has today 'declared' the wholesale ADSL service under section 152AL of the
> /Competition and Consumer Act 2010/. The ACCC considers that this will promote the
> long-term interests of end-users of fixed-line broadband internet services
> throughout Australia.
> Telstra currently retains dominant positions in the markets for both retail and
> wholesale fixed-line broadband services. Despite the deployment of competitive
> broadband infrastructure in some areas over the past decade, competition in the
> supply of ADSL services is not effective.
> Declaration will remove impediments to competitive internet service providers
> gaining access to Telstra's national ADSL network on efficient terms in order to
> supply retail services, including to around 11 per cent of premises where Telstra's
> network architecture has prevented competitors from using their own infrastructure.
> The ACCC has also commenced an inquiry into the making of a final access
> determination for the wholesale ADSL service. This inquiry will consider (among
> other things):
> * the appropriate structure and level of pricing for the wholesale ADSL service
> * which terms of access should be addressed in the final access determination, and
> how these terms should be addressed
> * whether the final access determination should limit the application of the
> declaration to certain providers or to certain geographic regions.
> Given that the final access determination inquiry is unlikely to conclude within 6
> months, the ACCC was legislatively required to make an interim access determination
> for the service. The interim determination made today sets out terms and conditions
> of access for the next 12 months.
> The interim access determination sets the following key price terms for the monthly
> per-user access charge and the monthly charge for data aggregation (which relates to
> data usage):
> *Interim prices for wholesale ADSL services*
> Monthly charge per end-user in Zone 1(predominantly CBD and metropolitan areas)
> Monthly charge per end-user in Zone 2/3(predominantly regional and rural areas)
> Monthly charge per Aggregating Virtual Circuit or Virtual LAN acquired in connection
> with wholesale ADSL
> To 30 June 2012: $45.50 per Mbps
> From 1 July 2012: $33.65 per Mbps
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