ACCC confirms no reporting requirements for dark fibre, NBN aggregation providers

16 May 2019

Dark fibre and National Broadband Network (NBN) wholesale aggregation service providers will not be required to provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) with information on supply and pricing, the regulator has confirmed.

Previously, in February 2019 the ACCC launched a public consultation on proposed record-keeping rules, which would have required such providers to record information about supply and pricing and provide it to the ACCC in quarterly reports. While this measure was reportedly proposed after concerns raised about the availability and level of competition in the relevant markets during the ACCC’s Communications Market Study, the watchdog has ultimately concluded that competition in the market for NBN aggregation services is developing as the NBN rollout continues, arguing that this has ‘largely addressed customer concerns’. In making its decision, the ACCC also said it had observed that alternatives to dark fibre and NBN aggregation services had become increasingly available, with investment in the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS) having boosted access to backhaul at competitive prices.

Commenting, ACCC commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said: ‘We have seen significant recent developments in this market, including the entry of more providers, a bigger variety of products, and more reliable passing through of NBN price discounts and product launches to wholesale customers … We will continue to monitor these markets as the NBN rollout progresses, and will reconsider the issue if we see competition diminishing.’