The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a consultation paper seeking comments from interested stakeholders on a joint functional separation undertaking submitted by TPG Telecom Limited (TPG) on behalf of itself and its various subsidiaries, in accordance with section 151C of the Telecommunications Act 1997. The regulator notes: ‘If the ACCC accepts TPG’s undertaking, TPG would have greater flexibility to expand its fixed line network footprint and compete in wholesale and retail markets for the supply of superfast broadband services to residential customers.’
On 8 November 2021 TPG submitted a joint functional separation undertaking to the watchdog. TPG’s proposed undertaking would apply to all local access lines that it controls, which supply services wholly or principally to residential customers. This includes TPG’s fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) networks, which it currently operates on a functionally separated basis pursuant to the Carrier Licence Conditions Declaration 2014.
Submissions to the consultation close on Friday 17 December 2021.