Australia - Infrastructure - ULL - Historical Overview

Synopsis

This report has been archived and has not been updated. The unbundling of the local loop or in more technical terms Unconditioned Local Loop Services (ULLS) involves the use of unconditioned cable (typically copper) between end-users and a telephone exchange, where the cable terminates. This service enables access seekers to supply advanced, high-speed data services, such as DSL, to customers as well as local and long-distance voice services in competition with Telstra. As a result, fundamentally new services can be developed which stimulate innovation, competition and new growth.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. ULL Analysis – 2006
    • 2.1 Price parity and ULL
      • 2.1.1 Government should not intervene
      • 2.1.2 ULL and Regional Funds are looking after the bush
      • 2.1.3 Do we have to forsake competition in order to protect Telstra’s high margins?
      • 2.1.4 We need to protect open access to the Internet economy
    • 2.2 Telstra’s unfair attack on metro competition
    • 2.3 We have seen it all before
    • 2.4 It was Telstra’s idea in the first place
    • 2.5 Will the government support competition?
  • 3. ULL Developments in 2004
    • 3.1 ACCC accepts Telstra’s revised access undertakings
    • 3.2 ULL and line sharing too expensive
  • 4. ULL Analysis – 2006
    • 4.1 The economic and competition advantages of ULL
    • 4.2 Long-term effect: improving competition
    • 4.3 No broadband competition without ULL
    • 4.4 Economic and social benefits
    • 4.5 Needed: regulators with staying power
  • 5. ULL Historical overview 1998-2004
    • 5.1 The prelude to ULL – 1998
    • 5.2 The ACCC inquiry
    • 5.3 The ACCC declaration – 1999
    • 5.4 The introduction of ULL – 2000
      • 5.4.1 Unacceptable pricing
      • 5.4.2 Pricing principles for local call resale (LCS)
      • 5.4.3 ADSL wholesale pricing – competition notice
      • 5.4.4 Telstra finally accepts ACCC prices – 2002
      • 5.4.5 Revised price undertaking – December 2004
      • 5.4.6 ACCC brings forward review of local call resale – April 2005
    • 5.5 ULL industry code – May 2004
    • 5.6 New initiatives under the 2002 Act
      • 5.6.1 Introduction
      • 5.6.2 Resolving the long running ULLS and LCS pricing issues – 2003
      • 5.6.3 The changes from 2003
  • 6. Line sharing
    • 6.1 Analysis – Line sharing declared
    • 6.2 The Telstra service
    • 6.3 ACCC introduced new line sharing charge - 2004
    • 6.4 First service from Optus
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Model access prices for ULLS – 2003 - 20061
  • Table 2 – Model LCS call prices and annual line rentals – 2002 - 2003 and 2003 - 20041
  • Table 3 – ULLS
  • Exhibit 1 – PSTN O/T headline rates

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Last updated 8 Jan 2008
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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