[LINK] Telstra, and the new government .. oh-oh

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Thu Feb 28 08:47:36 EST 2008

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 07:09:55AM +1100, rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au wrote:
> stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
>> It appears access to ADSL2+ may only be via expensive Telstra, because 
>> the telco switched on ADSL2+ service after being assured by the new 
>> Government that it would not regulate for third-party access.   

not exactly. the new government just put in writing what they've been
saying all along - that it is up to the ACCC.

> Not only via Telstra. The ISPs are asking to be allowed to resell  
> Telstra ADSL2+. However, they can also install their own DSLAMs. As it  
> happens, Internode, iiNet, Netspace, Wideband, TSN Internet, and I think  
> Primus all have their own ADSL2 DSLAMs. As, of course, does Optus (which  
> isn't in the list below).
> The argument is over whether someone like Internode can retail Telstra's  
> ADSL2+ where it doesn't have its own DSLAMs.

it's about a lot more than that.

the most obvious example is that it's also about whether telstra
resellers (of which there are many) can also resell Telstra's ADSL2 as
well as their ADSL1.

and it's about the market dominance inherent in having the
infrastructure wholesaler also run retail services.  telstra should have
been split up.


craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

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