Telstra wins wholesale exemption appeal

12 Mar 2009

According to ZDnet Australia, incumbent Telstra has successfully appealed a decision by the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) to overturn a wholesale services ruling by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC). In August 2008 the ACCC granted the telco an exemption from providing wholesale services in 248 exchanges, but this was overruled by the ACT at the end of the year. The Federal Court has decreed however that the matter must be resubmitted to the ACT for further consideration, and that the tribunal’s initial judgement must be set aside. Commenting on the decision a Telstra spokesman said, ‘(It was) a common sense decision that investment incentives and the potential for infrastructure competition need to be taken into account when examining the scope to roll back regulation.’

Australia, Telstra (incl. Belong)