The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has authorised the $800 million agreement with NBN Co to migrate Optus’ Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) cable customers to the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The consumer watchdog issued a draft determination in May 2012.
According to the ACCC, the agreement reduces the cost of migrating Optus subscribers on the HFC to the NBN, avoiding the cost of operating the Optus HFC network. It also removes a potentially significant fixed line competitor to the NBN in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
“Authorisation of the NBN Co/Optus HFC subscriber agreement marks a milestone in the Government’s policy reforms to enhance retail competition in the fixed sector and is a benefit for Australian consumers,” Optus Australia country chief officer, Paul O’Sullivan, said.
He claimed ACCC’s decision enables Optus to further concentrate on providing better service standards and more options for customers through the NBN.
“We will continue to work closely with NBN Co in preparation for the rollout schedule and customer migration,” he added.
Optus expects the large-scale migration of customers to the NBN infrastructure to commence in 2014, with payments from NBN Co expected progressively as customers migrate.
The program is expected to be completed by 2018 across Optus' entire HFC footprint. Optus will continue to supply services to customers using its HFC network until the NBN is built and customers have been migrated.