Existing price and non-price terms for seven declared, or regulated, fixed line wholesale services are to be maintained until 30 June 2024, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced. In a press release regarding the matter, the ACCC listed the seven declared services – predominantly supplied by Telstra – as being: the unconditioned local loop service (ULLS), line sharing service (LSS), wholesale line rental (WLR), local carriage service (LCS), fixed originating and terminating access services (FOAS and FTAS), and wholesale ADSL.
It has been suggested that the ACCC’s decision will effectively mean that wholesale prices for non-NBN fixed line services will reduce in real terms over the next five years. This decision is expected to be the last to be made by the ACCC in relation to most of these fixed line services, as with the National Broadband Network rollout expected to be completed in June 2020, the migration of most customers from Telstra’s legacy networks to the new infrastructure is expected to be mostly done by 2022. The ACCC’s decision will come into effect on 15 November 2019 and follows a fixed line service Final Access Determination public inquiry conducted by the regulator.
Commenting on the matter, ACCC Chair Rod Sims said: ‘Our decision will provide real price reductions and certainty for the industry in relation to voice and broadband services which are still being provided through Telstra’s copper network and other legacy infrastructure … Maintaining the current prices and other terms of access will give the industry some certainty and stability as the NBN migration continues.’