NBN Co submits further changes to SAU

9 May 2013

Having lodged a revised Special Access Undertaking (SAU) back in September 2012, NBN Co has reportedly submitted a number further proposed changes to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) with a view to getting the document accepted.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the SAU sets out the terms of access to the in-deployment fibre infrastructure over the life of the operator’s 30-year corporate plan, and will work in tandem with NBN Co’s wholesale broadband agreement (WBA). The public-private company, which is overseeing the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), submitted a revised version of the document in September last year after criticism of the original, ceding to demands from industry players and saying it would accept strict regulatory oversight regarding the price and access terms offered to telcos which use the network.

In the latest development, ZDNet reports that NBN Co has revealed it will make a number of further changes to the SAU, including the introduction of an Integrated Price Review Mechanism; this will give the ACCC powers over new product pricing and price rebalancing, while also allowing the regulator to initiate a price review at any time. While a number of the country’s established telcos have reportedly welcomed the revised proposals, questions have, however, been raised over whether there are still enough measures in the SAU to ensure that NBN Co products and pricing are fair to those retailers offering services over the NBN.

The ACCC has until 19 July 2013 to make a final decision on whether it will accept or reject the amended SAU.