DSL report to revise wholesale regulation

Optus SLAMS softer exchange pricing

Wholesale voice and data access regulation may be cut back or scrapped in heavily serviced areas following results from an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report.

The report qualifies services in operation (SIO) across Telstra's broadband networks in metropolitan, CBD, regional and remote areas, and comes a week after the ACCC ruled Telstra must show detailed records of DSL provisioning.

That ruling follows a series of complaints from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that claimed Telstra was denying access to its exchanges due to "insufficient space" and long delays with its queuing system.

ACCC general manager of telecommunications Grahame Cosgrave said the report will affect regulations including pricing and wholesale access in ADSL-saturated areas.

"A requirement to provided wholesale local calls and wholesale line rental in areas where people have deployed DSLAMS," Cosgrave said.

"We need to track the ability of competitors to access exchanges and deploy DSLAMS; if they are able to offer alternative services, we can review the need for existing regulation."

The report is the first to detail Unconditioned Local Loop (ULL) and Line Sharing Service (LSS) uptake across metro to remote areas, which is crucial to formulate access regulation. Figures released in Telstra annual reports did not break down figures by geographic boundaries.

Optus director of corporate affairs Maha Krishnapillai said the ACCC should focus on how the National Broadband Network (NBN) will affect ADSL investment in regional areas.

"The ACCC holds a view that investment will be encouraged in areas where competition is starting to bite by rolling back regulation, but this narrow view takes no account of the a massive overhang in the industry," Krishnapillai said.

"Business will not invest in regional areas because of the fear uncertainty and doubt surrounding the national broadband network."

"You logically wouldn't put a DSLAM into a regional exchange if it is about to be stranded in the next few years [due to the NBN]."

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Darren Pauli

Computerworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?