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Australia - Interconnect

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Last updated: 28 May 2005 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 8

Analyst: Lawrence Baker


This report was archived in January 2008 and has not been updated. After the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) ruled on interconnect in June 1999 fundamental changes were finally in the air. Interconnect and access are the most crucial issues for the market and form the main topic discussed in the industry forums. They constitute the basis for the financial arrangements service providers need to resell carrier services. The ruling was reconfirmed in July 2000 and Telstra was required to offer more transparency to its wholesale customers for the various terms and conditions. October 2001 saw Telstra’s first real interconnection deals. By 2004 the issue was moved away from regulatory driven to commercially driven. The battles had in the meantime moved to broadband.

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As usual, you’ve done a splendid job of bringing an industry well and truly into the spotlight.

I think that without your input and passion, Australia would have barely scratched the surface of the benefits that can and will be achieved with the wholesale adoption of Smart Grid and Smart City concepts.


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