Telstra and ACCC clash again

11 Sep 2006

Australian incumbent Telstra again looks to be on a collision course with the country’s competition watchdog, this time over proposed changes to its pricing structure for wholesale voice services. The telco has suggested cutting the connection fee on local services to AUD0.093 per call from the start of 2007, down from AUD0.136 currently, whilst long-distance telephony and calls to mobiles would double from AUD0.01 to AUD0.022 per minute. However, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says it ‘is not satisfied that Telstra’s proposed prices… are reasonable’. The commission has now called for more submissions on the issue before its 29 September deadline, after which it will make a formal ruling. The news is another major blow to Telstra, which has been locked in a long running battle with the ACCC to raise its standard unbundled local loop (ULL) charges.

Australia, Telstra (incl. Belong)