Wednesday, 28 June 2017 05:44

NBN Co submits new special access undertaking plan

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The company building Australia's national broadband network has submitted a revised special access undertaking which covers all its technologies to the competition regulator, along with a submission in support of it.

The main changes in the NBN Co's SAU include:

  • reinstatement of the definition of Network Boundary Point;
  • removal of the term "other telecommunications network" from the definition of "NBN Co Network"; and
  • refinement of the "co-existence" and "remediation" clauses and limiting the period in which the provisions apply to module 1 of the SAU.

The current SAU only covers the fibre-to-the-premise, fixed wireless and satellite technologies which were in the original network plan hatched under the Labor government.

The revised SAU will also include fibre-to-the-node, fibre to the distribution point and hybrid fibre coaxial, all of which are part of the multi-technology mix plan of the Coalition government.

“NBN Co has taken a co-operative approach to the ACCC’s consultation process in respect to the original variation. The revised variation to the SAU is intended to incorporate amended terms that respond to matters raised by stakeholders in the original consultation process and which were set out in the ACCC’s draft decision,” ACCC commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.

“Changes to the special access undertaking are needed to accommodate services under the multi-technology NBN model. We want to ensure the commitments in the undertaking, including the variation, continue to promote competition in NBN markets and are in the long-term interests of consumers.

“The ACCC is now offering interested parties a further opportunity to comment on the revised variation to the SAU.”

The ACCC will soon release a consultation paper on the revised SAU variation and interested parties will have until 4 August to provide submissions.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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