The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has finalised prices for Telstra wholesale ADSL access that are 15 per cent cheaper compared to previous commercial prices.
According to ACCC chairman, Rod Sims, said the wholesale price set in the Final Access Determination (FAD) provides certainty to industry participants, which in turn benefits customers by promoting competition and allowing a range of broadband services to be offered over Telstra’s copper network.
The final prices are lower than the draft prices released in March.
The ACCC has limited the application of the FAD to Telstra but not to certain geographic regions. It retains Telstra’s existing points of interconnection for the wholesale ADSL service and also incorporates the Interim Access Determination (IAD) prices.
FAD will apply until June 2014 and the ACCC will also commence a new inquiry later this year to review terms for a number of telecommunications services to set prices for the period beyond 2014.
It will also review the wholesale ADSL FAD so that access to Telstra’s network and prices are applied consistently over the coming years.
The monthly charge per aggregating virtual circuit or virtual LAN acquired in connection with wholesale ADSL, has seen the most noticeable drop from $36.07Mbps to $32.31Mbps.