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.
“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.