ispONE managing director, Zac Swindells, said: "The NBN Co's proposed 14 PoI has a flow on effect that supports the smaller end of the retail service provider market, and lowers barriers to entry for providers that would have been locked out by heavy infrastructure costs.
"This includes the cost of rolling out backhaul, hardware and collocation facilities to almost 950 FSA [fibre serving areas] under the NBN Co's first option, or up to 195 connectivity serving areas under option number four.
"With a reduced number of PoI, more retail carriers can offer services direct to the end user rather than having to aggregate through the major carriers. This proposal will result in a uniform wholesale pricing model allowing greater access to end users for regional and rural providers, and smaller niche players. In essence, the proposal will further enhance competition in delivery of services to the end user, and level the playing field for all RSPs nationwide."
Swindells added: "ispONE has been involved in direct dialogue with the NBN Co to ensure that [our] customer base is well represented when discussing the future of the industry. We will continue to work closely with the NBN Co to support the objective of cultivating a competitive and innovative landscape for all providers."
ispONE said NBN Co should put the provision of backhaul services out to tender and then provide backhaul for each RSP to the proposed 14 PoIs with uniform pricing.
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