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Australian competition authority keeps ADSL regulation; releases issue paper

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a draft decision that it will continue to regulate the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service for a further five years. It considers that continuing to regulate the wholesale ADSL service will benefit customers by promoting competition in broadband markets until the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout is complete. “Telstra retains its dominant position in both the wholesale and retail markets for the supply of ADSL fixed-line broadband services on a national level,” ACCC commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said. “Continuing regulation will ensure network providers continue to have access to Telstra’s copper network at reasonable prices. This will encourage them to continue competing in the retail market to develop and offer different ADSL broadband products to meet the needs of customers as they prepare to shift to the NBN.” See here The ACCC has also released an issues paper, ‘Competition in evolving communications markets’, in which it examines the significant changes that have occurred in the communications market – including the emergence of the NBN company as the primary fixed-line provider; the widespread availability of over the top (OTT) service providers; the sharp increase in data usage thanks to streaming services such as Netflix; and the growing reliance on mobile data and WiFi rather than fixed-line internet services. Read more

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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