ACCC commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said continued access to wholesale ADSL services was critical to enable retail providers to compete with the dominant provider, Telstra, in the supply of high-speed broadband services nationally.
The competition watchdog had announced its intent to continue regulation in a draft decision last October, saying that continuing to regulate the wholesale ADSL service would benefit customers by promoting competition in broadband markets until the NBN rollout was complete.
This final decision will see ADSL regulation now continue until February 2022.
“In making this decision, the ACCC considered submissions from industry and found a general consensus in favour of the ACCC approach.”
The wholesale ADSL service is a point-to-point service which enables retail service providers to deliver high-speed fixed-line broadband Internet services to their customers, using another network provider’s equipment. The services were first declared in February 2012.
Once a service is declared, a network owner must provide access to the service upon request, and where commercial agreement cannot be reached, regulated price and non-price terms determined by the ACCC will apply.
As the ACCC has declared the wholesale ADSL service with the same service description, the current wholesale ADSL final access determination will remain in place until it expires on 30 June 2019.