ACCC starts legal action against Telstra; claims telco blocked wholesale access

19 Mar 2009

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and incumbent Telstra are to lock horns once more, as itWire reports that the regulator has started legal action against the telco over wholesale access issues. The ACCC claims that Telstra falsely alleged that there was no free space in several key exchanges for competitors to install their own equipment; ‘The ACCC alleges that Telstra has refused access seeker requests for interconnection at seven key metropolitan exchanges by claiming that they were capped,’ the regulator said in a statement. Telstra has refuted the claims, saying it had voluntarily instituted a review of the access issues more than a year ago, and had fixed them. The initial hearing in the matter will take place on 17 April, with the regulator seeking declarations, pecuniary penalties and injunctions.