Alternative operators join forces as TASA for NBN involvement

14 Sep 2009

A number of Australia’s largest alternative broadband providers have joined forces as Terria Access Seekers Association (TASA), in a bid to become more involved in the rollout process of the National Broadband Network, iTWire reports. The six operators that have formed the association are Optus, iiNet, Internode, Macquarie Telecom, Primus Telecom and Netspace; five of the six operators had previously been part of the Terria consortium that had bid for the right to construct the nationwide fibre-optic network. Other players may yet fill out TASA, with the founding members indicating that they ‘will be extending an invitation to other access seekers to join the organisation that share our goal of an open and competitive NBN.’ Ravi Bhatia, CEO of Primus Telecom, has been appointed chairman of the newly-formed group.

TASA’s says its core aim is ‘to represent the interests of access seekers in ensuring that competition and innovation considerations underlie any decisions taken in connection with the NBN.’ Commenting on TASA’s expected activities, Internode managing director Simon Hackett, said: ‘TASA will offer a provider-neutral forum for legitimate access seekers to discuss and define how its members believe that the necessary technical access mechanisms, service definitions, pricing principles, and business interfaces should work together to ensure the success of the NBN.’