ACCC begins review of Telstra pricing
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has commenced a review of Telstra pricing as the telco’s current price controls expire on June 30, 2005. The current price controls require Telstra to reduce average prices for certain types of calls, restrain Telstra’s ability to charge the full cost for line rentals and provide protection measures for low-income consumers. The ACCC will assess the efficiency of the current price controls, examining a wide range of issues and taking into consideration the effects across different customer groups. The review will focus on the distributional impacts of price controls on metropolitan, regional, residential, and business consumers. In conducting the review, the ACCC is required to consult with relevant stakeholders including the telecommunications industry, business, small business, residential, consumer, regional and rural organisations.
Next generation Internet core router due next month
Cisco plans to unveil its next-generation Internet core router by June. It will be a key part of the company’s bid to retain its sizable market lead in the face of growing competition from Juniper and others. A new platform running 40Gbps OC-768c interfaces and featuring a modular version of IOS will be on display in mid-June at the Supercomm telecom conference in Chicago. Though details remain sketchy, the so-called HFR will be a single rack, 16-slot router with single-port OC-768c modules, making Cisco perhaps the first to unveil the new high-speed interfaces on a core router. Cisco offers dual-port 20Gbps OC-192c blades for its “40Gbps per slot capable” 12816 router, which is the company’s current high-end offering. The HFR is expected to support at least 640Gbps of system capacity, though be scalable to multiterabits via chassis interconnection.