Structural separation for dummies

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, Telcos, Telstra, NBN


    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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    • Thanks Phil. Another great podcast. And the opening segment is a hoot and brought a big smile to face. If that's what you get for being a dummy then the world needs more dummies ;-)
      • Thanks for that. I always knew Nobody was listening.
    • The NBN is designed to be a Layer 1 and Layer 2 monopoly, when we look at the cost breakdown between these two Layers we see Layer 1 being 70% and Layer 2 30% (the McKinsey Report) within the local loop copper or otherwise it is about 66%. So what happens if a new ducting network comes on the scene? The presumption is that it can not happen because ducting is effectively either poles (overhead cabling) or buried or trenched cables laid under the footpath and there is no space or it would be to costly. This is assumption is no longer valid, because a new system has been invented (in Australia) which is called the NINA Access Pathway, this is a surface accessible ducting, curb, guttering and storm water harvesting system in which power, data, gas and water systems can be laid. It is economical, fabulous for the environment (it isolate rainwater from contact with road surfaces thereby keeping it clean, local and valuable allowing the harvest of enough water), it can carry multitudes of fibre optics, is a dig once only solution for all distributed utility services, it has been designed to accommodate a 480V power systems for universal high speed charging of electric cars and will see the progressive removal of power poles and the digging up of the footpath. It will soon be trialled, it is patented and not on the web, yet. If you want to see images email
      Guy Dixon