nbn seeking to vary Special Access Undertaking to include FTTN, FTTB and HFC

1 Jun 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published nbn’s (formerly NBN Co’s) proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU), the framework which governs the price and other terms on which the company will supply wholesale services over the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The regulator noted that nbn is looking to vary its existing SAU, which has been in operation since it was accepted by the ACCC in December 2013. According to the ACCC, the main purpose of the SAU variation is to incorporate fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) and HFC as technologies to which the SAU will apply, in order to reflect the current NBN model. Doing so, it has been claimed, will ensure that the SAU applies to all network technologies that have been introduced by nbn.

Although FTTN, FTTB and HFC are not reflected in the existing SAU, it was noted that nbn has so far been offering these services in a way that is consistent with the SAU. As such, the SAU variation will seek to formalise the arrangements that are currently in operation but have not yet been incorporated into the SAU. Meanwhile, nbn is also proposing to make a number of other changes to the SAU including changes to the nature and extent of rollout progress information that it would be obliged to provide to NBN access seekers and minor changes to dispute resolution arrangements. Submissions on the proposals have been invited by a deadline of 26 August 2016.