ACCC launches review of backhaul declaration

5 Mar 2018

A public inquiry has been launched by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which seeks to determine whether the ‘declaration’ of the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS) remains appropriate due to changes in the market which include the ‘growth of commercial alternatives available to service providers, new NBN products for business customers and industry consolidation’.

With the current DTCS declaration set to expire on 31 March 2019, in launching its review the regulator noted that many service providers are now acquiring non-regulated commercial domestic transmission services in preference to the regulated DTCS service. Further, since the DTCS was last published, the ACCC has highlighted a number of other factors, such as the announcement of several new business enterprise products by NBN Co, the company responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN), and the introduction of 5G networks that could offer an alternative technology over which high capacity short distance transmission services may be delivered.

Commenting on the matter, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said: ‘It is important to review the scope of our regulation to determine whether the way in which we describe the regulated service adequately reflects the manner in which transmission services are currently being sold and purchased … If the market has changed to a significant extent, we will examine whether other service features should be included in the service description.’

Submissions to the inquiry are being accepted until 13 April 2018.