ACT blocks Telstra plans to limit regions of copper access for Optus

26 May 2009

Australia’s telecoms regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has announced that incumbent Telstra will continue to be required to provide rival Optus access to its copper network nationwide, The Australian reports. The announcement comes after a ruling by the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT), which was prompted by proposals by Telstra that it be allowed to restrict access to Optus in areas where the latter has rolled out its own hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) network. The ACT’s ruling echoed that of the ACCC’s from November 2008. According to the ACCC a discriminatory access policy would ‘be likely to seriously hamper the achievement of long-term dynamic efficiency and sustainable full facilities-based competition’, and Graeme Samuel, the regulator’s chairman, said of the ACT’s decision that it will help to ensure the interests of consumers.