Structural separation for dummies

Summary:The significance of the Telstra structural separation undertaking (SSU) seems to have missed many people. This week Twisted Wire tries to explain why it's so important.

The significance of the Telstra structural separation undertaking (SSU) seems to have missed many people. This week Twisted Wire tries to explain why it's so important.

The Prime Minister said on Tuesday that the new agreement is the green light for the roll-out of the National Broadband Network. That may be so, but the real significance is the short term impact on telecommunications competition. From today, Telstra should be providing its wholesale products to all retailers at the same price and in the same form as it does for its own retail division. It's something the industry has been after for two decades. That's a pretty significant development!

In this edition of Twisted Wire we try to make sense of it all, helped by:

  • Ed Willett, commissioner at the ACCC
  • Andrew Sheridan, general manager of Interconnect and Economic Regulation at Optus
  • Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.
  • Want to add your thoughts for a future edition of Twisted Wire? Leave a message on our feedback line: (02) 9304 5198.

    Running time: 38 minutes, 35 seconds

    Topics: Broadband, Government, Government : AU, NBN, Telcos, Telstra

    About

    Phil Dobbie has a wealth of radio and business experience. He started his career in commercial radio in the UK and, since coming to Australia in 1991, has held senior marketing and management roles with Telstra, OzEmail, the British Tourist Authority and other telecommunications, media, travel and advertising businesses.

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