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Telcos call for more bite with Telstra separation regulation

Telcos call for more bite with Telstra separation regulation

The Competitive Carriers Coalition (CCC) and Optus want the Government to be tougher with Telstra’s structural separation regulations which will guide the ACCC.

The Competitive Carriers Coalition (CCC) and Optus want the Government to be tougher with Telstra’s structural separation regulations.

The CCC represents a number of Telstra’s telco competitors including Internode, iiNet, iPrimus, Macqurie Telecom, NextGen, TransACT and Vodafone.

Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, introduced the draft regulatory instruments to guide Telstra’s separation of its retail and wholesale arms earlier this month. The ACCC will be overseeing the separation process.

Both the CCC and Optus claimed the initial draft of the Directions was too vague and failed to ensure a level playing-field for all telcos.

They are seeking amendments to the Instruments including a clearer definition of “equivalence” for telcos such as whether services delivered by all players must be the same in all material respect.

CCC and Optus claim there is currently too much discretion provided to Telstra on how it will do business during the NBN’s build-out period.

The two also want to ensure organisational arrangements within Telstra can address any opportunities for Telstra employees “to engage in discriminatory behaviour”.

“The Government can prevent a hasty and in the long-term harmful decision from happening by arming the ACCC with clear directions about the minimum standards required to meet the Government’s policy objective of achieving real and meaningful improvements in competitive outcomes in the transition to the NBN," CCC chairman, Matt Healy, said.


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Tags Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)structural separationSingtel OptusCompetitive Carriers Coalition (CCC)National Broadband Network (NBN)Telstra

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