The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a revised list of proposed Point of Interconnects (PoI) for the National Broadband Network. The new list has 121 proposed PoIs.
A PoI is a location where retail services providers (RSP) like iiNet or Telstra would access the NBN to be re-sold to end user customers.
“It follows a public confirmation process into the 120 initial PoI that was developed by NBN Co in consultation with the ACCC and published in December last year,” ACCC chairman, Graeme Samuel, said in a statement.
NBN Co had initially called for just 14 PoIs, which would greatly reduce costs for the Government-funded company and boost its profitability. But the ACCC and large telcos, such as Telstra and Optus, protested the small number.
But the larger number of PoIs hasn't been welcomed by all industry players, with many smaller ISPs worried by the increase.
The updated list follows public consultations and hearings from a range of telcos and private citizens. Since the first draft, seven PoIs have been relocated, 20 extra have been proposed and nine from the first list have been consolidated into four.
According to the new ACCC list, the PoI in Nambour, QLD would serve the most number of premises at 162,497 while the PoI at Ipswich in QLD would serve the least at 50,413.
ACCC also added that no more public submissions will be accepted on the issue of PoIs.