Telstra likely to admit breaching access obligations

5 Aug 2009

According to ZDnet Australia, citing reports from the Australian Financial Review, it is understood that incumbent Telstra will admit to breaching its obligations to provide competitors access to its copper network. The revelation comes after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched legal proceedings against Telstra accusing it of refusing access to several of its metropolitan exchanges to operators including Primus, Internode, iiNet and Optus. The ACCC claimed that Telstra had misled and deceived access seekers about there being a lack of capacity on its main distribution frames. It is understood that as a result of the case Telstra could face fines of up to AUD300 million (USD252.75 million).