Australia - Local Access Market - 2004-2005

Synopsis

This report was archived in January 2008 and has not been updated. One of the most critical elements for a competitive telecommunications environment is the access regime. It covers not only physical access to the carrier’s networks but also access to the various products built on them. Over the last few years the elements that have proved to be of equal importance are: price, terms, conditions and customer information. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been commissioned with the task of administering this process. Progress however, has been extremely slow as Telstra is using all its legal options to delay the process for as long as possible. This report overviews and analyses the key elements of the access regime and the Local Access Market.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Rebalancing calls and access
  • 3. Key trends and developments
    • 3.1 Changes in prices
    • 3.2 Multi services
  • 4. Competition never got off the ground
    • 4.1 No new players
    • 4.2 Competitors did try
      • 4.2.1 Optus
      • 4.2.2 AAPT
  • 5. ACCC accepts Telstra’s revised access undertakings
  • 6. Analysis of the access changes since 2003
    • 6.1 New access prices will stimulate broadband uptake
    • 6.2 ULL provides viable business models for wholesale customers
    • 6.3 Wholesale is good for Telstra
    • 6.4 Effect on new Customer Access Networks (CANs)
  • 7. Developments in 2003 and 2004
    • 7.1 ACCC proposes new line-sharing charge
    • 7.2 Will the new Act improve access?
    • 7.3 The access deficit
    • 7.4 Telstra’s undertakings – November 2003
    • 7.5 ACCC accepts Telstra’s undertakings
  • 8. Expiry dates for declarations
    • 8.1 ISDN, DDAS
      • 8.1.1 Maturing products
      • 8.1.2 Undeclared in June 2005
  • 9. Historical overview and background
    • 9.1 Access Pricing Principles
    • 9.2 Unbundled elements
    • 9.3 Declared services
  • 10. Access regime under the 1997 Act
    • 10.1 Aim of the regime
    • 10.2 Access obligations
    • 10.3 Declared services
  • 11. Deemed services
    • 11.1 Start made by Austel
    • 11.2 Carriage services
    • 11.3 Other services
    • 11.4 Arbitration
  • 12. Data services
    • 12.1 ISDN, DDAS reviews
  • 13. Internet access
  • 14. Intercapital services
  • 15. Access to numbers
  • 16. Facilities access code
  • 17. Mobile communication
  • 18. Access to public land
  • 19. Telecommunications building access
    • 19.1 Lack of community management
    • 19.2 Building owners and councils are missing the point
    • 19.3 Community-based initiatives
    • 19.4 Telecommunications building access roundtable
    • 19.5 Network sharing hard to realise
    • 19.6 Intelligent buildings
  • 20. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Proposed access prices for Telstra’s PSTN services – 2003 - 2006
  • Exhibit 2 – Declaration expiry date timetable
  • Exhibit 1 – PSTN O/T headline rates
  • Exhibit 3 – Declared Services
  • Exhibit 4 – Deemed services – listing from ACCC

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Last updated 11 Jun 2008
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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