Telstra bitter over High Court ruling

6 Mar 2008

The Australian High Court has dismissed Telstra’s case against the Australian Competition Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s decision to allow rival ISP’s to utilise its copper networks. The judgement came to the conclusion that such action does not amount to a compulsory acquisition of Telstra’s assets and denied Telstra’s claims that the network space was being claimed without fair compensation. A Telstra spokesperson said the decision meant that competitors would have little reason to build their own networks, adding ‘They can now buy rather than build – a perverse outcome, by any measure.’ Telstra managing director, Phil Burgess, added that the decision would likely impact on his company’s future network investment plans.

Australia, Telstra (incl. Belong)