So far, the roadblocks have been pretty significant. Will it do anything to ease the issue of access to Telstra exchanges? Can we be sure that the retail arm won't have advantageous information about wholesale network plans? Are we sure that processes offered to wholesalers will be as efficient as those used by Telstra's retail arm?
It seems that the undertaking relies a lot on the trust of Telstra doing the right thing. Trust is something that has been sadly lacking in the industry for some time. So this week, I ask the question, can we really expect a level playing field if we don't enforce a functional split on Telstra — separate companies, separate management, separate objectives?
To talk about the process so far, and their respective submissions to the ACCC, you'll hear from:
Jonathan Gadir, Senior Policy Adviser at Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
Tony Dooley, partner at Herbert Geer
David Ohri, solicitor at Herbert Geer.
None of these people advocate the need for a functional split, but, looking at the sticking points, I can't see an alternative. Can you? Will the structural separation of Telstra achieve its aims? Call the Twisted Wire feedback line on (02) 9304 5198.