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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 13:06

NBN Co's planned points of interconnect updated

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The ACCC has published a revised list of NBN points of interconnect, describing it as "a refinement of the outcome of the public confirmation process about the initial PoIs to the NBN."

The new list identifies PoIs whose locations have changed from previous lists due to space and/or power and cooling issues in the facilities originally identified for the PoIs. Twenty have been relocated and there are 10 where NBN will build its own facilities (two of these are among the 20 that have been relocated).

The ACCC says it anticipates that PoIs will usually be located in Telstra exchange buildings. The number of premises and the number of Fibre Serving Areas expected to be served by each PoI is still being finalised by NBN Co and the ACCC says it will make this information available when it has received it from NBN Co

NBN Co had originally proposed only 14 PoIs, arguing that this configuration would have made it easier to offer a uniformly prices wholesale service across Australia by enabling it to cross-subsidise rural backhaul from more profitable urban services.

The ACCC however claimed that this represented significant mission creep from NBN Co's role as an access network provider, and would inhibit competition in the backhaul market. It developed a set of criteria to determine PoI locations. These were converted into PoI location planning rules by NBN Co that, when applied, resulted in a total of 120 locations. These rules include a 'soft cap' of approximately 80,000 premises for metro PoIs and approximately 100,000 premises for outer metro/regional PoIs.

The ACCC says it is satisfied that the relocated PoIs and the PoIs to be built by NBN Co meet the competition criteria and the planning rules.

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