Conroy releases final separation guide

Conroy releases final separation guide

Summary: Communications Minister Stephen Conroy this afternoon released the final versions of five key regulatory instruments that will pave the way for Telstra to file its long-awaited structural separation undertaking with the competition regulator.

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy this afternoon released the final versions of five key regulatory instruments that will pave the way for Telstra to file its long-awaited structural separation undertaking with the competition regulator.

Following the signing yesterday of Telstra's $11 billion deal with NBN Co and the government, Telstra will also now file a plan on how its fixed-line customers will be migrated to the NBN infrastructure. The documents are:

  • The Telecommunications (Acceptance of Undertaking about Structural Separation — Matters) Instrument 2011: this sets out the matters that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission regard when deciding whether to accept Telstra's structural separation undertaking;
  • The Telecommunications (Structural Separation — Networks and Services Exemption) Instrument (No.1) 2011: which exempts certain networks and services from the scope of Telstra's undertaking;
  • The Telecommunications (Migration Plan Principles) Determination 2011: this sets out mandatory elements of the plan to progressively migrate Telstra's fixed-line customers onto the National Broadband Network;
  • The Telecommunications (Migration Plan — Specified Matters) Instrument 2011: this sets out matters that the migration plan may contain, in addition to those specified under the Telecommunications Act. In addition, it also sets out matters that the migration plan must not contain; and
  • The Telecommunications (Regulated Services) Determination (No. 1) 2011: this determines telecommunications services to which the transparency and equivalence measures set out in Telstra's undertaking must apply.

All of the documents are available online from the website of the Department of Communications, Broadband and the Digital Economy.

Conroy said the reforms provided a "once in a generation opportunity" to create a level playing field in the telecommunications sector and allow competition and investment to "flourish" for the benefit of consumers.

"The instruments I made today will require Telstra to make new commitments to equivalence and provide for stronger transparency measures during Telstra's transition to full structural separation," he said.

"The delivery of this structural reform, in parallel with the roll-out of the National Broadband Network, will finally enable all Australians to have better and fairer access to world-class broadband services at affordable prices."

The documents have incorporated changes made as a result of a recent public consultation process, which ended on 15 June. Not everyone was satisfied with the instruments the way they were drafted. Earlier this month, Optus, for example, slammed the drafts, claiming they would do nothing to improve the telco market before the completion of the NBN roll-out.

Topics: Government AU, Telcos, Telstra

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  • Renai while all would agree that the FTTH is good, questions do arise as to its total acceptability or necessity at this time.

    TransACT Network have published information of their customer speed selection which are as follows,

    80% = 10 Mbps.
    18% = 30Mbps.
    2% = 100Mbps.

    Considering these selected requirements why the big rush for the 100 Mbps NBN?
    sydneyla
  • I find it most humorous Syd... that in a discussion based around Optus, NBN, Conroy etc... all you want to do is talk Telstra...

    Yet here is a story about Telstra and for the first time in history... you don't mention Telstra, even once?
    Rizz-cd230
  • Rizz my references to Telstra are only exceeded your your continual and incessant demonisation of that great Australian company. I made no comment on the separation story because Renai said it all. Besides I intend to wait until I have read the 1,700 page explanation before comment. I do know though that the Market is not enthusiastic for the agreement at the moment. That may change in coming weeks.
    sydneyla
  • Rizz calm down, all this delusional and ridiculous attack on me is over the top, silly, untruthful, without foundation and destroys your credibility. Your compliment that I could have any persuasion, good or bad, on the GIANT (Telstra) while flattering is extremely doubtful. I do, at this time, intend to vote for the Telstra agreement reccommended by the Telstra Board but of course will be persuaded at a later date by the attitude of those Institutions who hold large parcels of Telstra shares.
    sydneyla
    • Oh Syd...

      It's absolutely 100% fact (apart from the facetious CIA bit of course) plus the last line a prediction. And if you are too low to even admit this being so, then the 0.00001% respect I have left for you is gone!

      Yes my prediction of $1 shares (may be an exaggeration but you get the gist) if you and the rest of the TLS shareholders are stupid enough to vote your own management down. But gee you can't even make up your own mind how to vote, buy yet come here daily to tell us all about comms... think about that!

      And I see YET A G A I N, you have the absolute hypocrisy to scream personal attack and then write such BS about me in your first two lines...! Difference is I highlight it, but don't sob incessantly about it, because my argument (unlike your greedy waffle) stands up, come-what-may.

      Yes I'm sure you have much pull in Telstra... seems in 2005 they did exactly as you wished hence the backwards motion, but post Sol they simply do the opposite of whatever you say and what an improvement... keep up the great work...!
      Rizz-cd230
  • Syd,
    "questions do arise as to its total acceptability or necessity at this time."

    To answer that question:
    All the residents in our street want at least a minimum service of 10Mbps.
    All Telstra's local exchange will supply is just a single ADSL1 port for the one "lucky" resident (delivering less than 1Mbps) & the rest have to suffer with an expensive Big Pond, slow, capped & erratic wireless connection instead.
    grump3
  • grump3 I hear what you say and am in total agreement with you. I am sure that Telstra also understands what you say but it is a fact that Telstra is financially unable to supply all Australians with the speed that they may require.

    It is somewhat sad that people place the total blame for inadequacies of their system on Telstra who have struggled for years without co-operation from opponents who were content to freeload on Telstra investments.

    Happily grump3 the old system is about to pass away and Telstra, because of the level playing field, will be able to compete fiercely for your business and this will be to the advantage of all Australians.
    sydneyla