ACCC approves NBN migration measures

27 Sep 2013

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given its approval to three measures that will support the migration of customers from fixed line incumbent Telstra’s infrastructure to the National Broadband Network (NBN) where the latter has been rolled out. The measures relate to the disconnection of services (from copper or HFC networks) that have not migrated to the NBN within the applicable switchover period, and the building of copper lines in NBN regions to supply services that cannot yet be provided over the NBN.

The processes now form part of Telstra’s migration plan and the ACCC has said it will oversee the telco’s compliance with both them and the migration plan more broadly. Meanwhile, the regulator noted that other migration measures will potentially be required in relation to the NBN’s fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) infrastructure. As such, the ACCC said that it is continuing to assess further measures proposed by Telstra to support the migration of customers onto the NBN. To that end, Telstra is understood to have resubmitted a measure relating to the ‘pull through’ connection process that will be used by NBN Co in limited circumstances to connect premises to the NBN; submissions from industry players on this measure are now being considered.

Commenting on the developments, ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes was cited as saying: ‘The ACCC has approved the measures as they provide appropriate protections to consumers and competition during migration to the NBN, and represent significant improvements on Telstra’s initial proposals.’