Consumer Commission checks carrier access costs

Consumer Commission checks carrier access costs

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released an independent consultant's report that estimates Telstra's cost of relaying other carriers' calls on its network at 3.6 cents a minute. The report also puts today's cost of creating phone lines to households and business at up to $500 a year.

The report by National Economic Research Associates (NERA), a consultancy specialising in costing models, is part of the ACCC's efforts to set a fair price for Telstra to charge other carriers using its network.

NERA's estimates suggest that if Telstra's network was to be rebuilt today, the cost of telephone lines to households and business could be up to $500 a year, including capital and maintenance costs. The highest cost of lines would be in rural areas with a cost of up to $800 a year.

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