Video: ACCC boss shows Telstra the way

Video: ACCC boss shows Telstra the way

Summary: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Graeme Samuel took Telstra to task this week for not switching on high-speed ADSL2+ broadband nationwide. "Telstra argues that regulatory barriers are preventing it from rolling out ADSL2+ to more [telephone] exchanges," Samuel said in a landmark address to the annual conference of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group in Sydney.

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Graeme Samuel took Telstra to task this week for not switching on high-speed ADSL2+ broadband nationwide.


"Telstra argues that regulatory barriers are preventing it from rolling out ADSL2+ to more [telephone] exchanges," Samuel said in a landmark address to the annual conference of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group in Sydney.

"According to Telstra, without regulatory certainty, it cannot offer ADSL2+ in exchanges where its competitors do not already offer this service for fear that the ACCC would decide to regulate access to a wholesale ADSL2+ service."

Samuel added all Telstra had to do to get that regulatory certainty was to write to the ACCC asking for it. "You can't get much more certainty than that," he said.

The ACCC boss also stated that Telstra's rivals now had a "more developed" proposal for a national fibre broadband network than the giant telco ever had.

Eds note: In this video, Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan defends the country's telecommunications regulatory regime.

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

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  • Guess that proves it...

    All of Telstras posturing is just that: empty rhetoric.

    Bring on the G9 proposal and wholesale the way it ought to be: from a business that is happy to sell to its clients, rather than one that is obligated to sell to its competitors.

    Of course, if the government had have just split Telstra into its constituant parts before it sold the lot off, then we wouldn't be in this monopoly-induced mess in the first place.
    anonymous
  • Telstra DISGUST ME

    They whinge and whine, the fact is, THEY DON'T WANT COMPETITION.

    They want to KEEP Australia in a broadband backwater, and if there IS a better future, they only want it to BE WITH TELSTRA.

    I shiver at the thought of a TLS only broadband network running Australia - can you say inflated prices & no innovation?

    The only way to get Telstra to innovate is to COMPETE. All this garbage Phill Burgeress speaks, is utter bullshit.

    I look forward to the G9 proposal, that and city-wide wireless networks to destroy Telstra'a last-mile monpoly!
    anonymous