ACCC reports broadband access uptake figures

13 Nov 2009

According to figures published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the number of broadband services supplied by internet providers through direct access to incumbent Telstra’s copper network, in conjunction with investment in their own equipment, has more than doubled since September 2007 to in excess of 1.3 million. In addition, the regulator also noted that, while the pace of growth in broadband services has begun to slow, with around 288,000 new access reported in the last year, investment in the sector has continued, with alternative providers expanding their services to a further 24 exchanges in the last twelve months. Commenting on the findings, Graeme Samuel, chairman of the ACCC, said: ‘This data shows that competition by direct access continues to grow with consumers exercising choice and seeking value by selecting alternate service providers for broadband.’

As at end-September 2009, according to the regulator’s figures, there were 723,677 unbundled local loop services (ULLS) and 607,994 line sharing services (LSS) in operation, while Telstra’s combined wholesale and retail ADSL subscriber base totalled 2.98 million.