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Singtel Optus has called for the NBN Co to be made responsible for delivering services that can meet the minimum service levels required by retail standards or 50Mbps services on lines that can support such speeds.

The submission was made after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had released a second discussion paper on the NBN wholesale service standards inquiry issue.

An additional suggestion made by the telco was that the NBN Co should not be able to charge for a wholesale service for which retail service providers were not allowed to charge end-users.

Other recommendations made by Optus were:

  • the NBN Co must develop automated processes that support retail speed testing and service continuity obligations; and
  • NBN Co must be liable for costs incurred by RSPs as a result of non-working NBN services, where the fault lies with NBN Co.

Optus said: "The key focus of this inquiry should be to ensure that NBN Co’s wholesale service standards support good consumer experience through timely resolution of issues, and by supporting RSPs in meeting their retail obligations.

"An effective service level framework should be robust, transparent and with real consequences for poor performance; such that these provide an incentive to address issues and drive improvements."

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