ACC rules out extra regulation as re-elected government renews Telstra sale pledge

11 Oct 2004

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has ruled out the regulation of domestic mobile network roaming for now, saying that it had not been convinced by the argument for specific regulation, though it will continue to monitor the situation closely. The ACCC said that it had not found information to suggest that any mobile operator has been refused permission by a rival to roam on its network, but it conceded that there is the ‘potential’ for some mobile operators to do so.

Meanwhile, the country’s Communications Minister Helen Coonan, who retained her post following last week’s elections, has said that the state will continue with its plans to sell its remaining 51.05% stake in national operator Telstra. The privatisation plan has repeatedly been opposed by the upper house of the Senate, but the re-elected coalition government now looks likely to take control of the upper house for the first time in 20 years, increasing the chances of a sale considerably.