[LINK] Telstra separation deal accepted

Nick Ross nickrossabc at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 16:50:34 AEDT 2012

Had a great meeting with Cisco today.

They reminded us that Telstra's Copper network doesn't hold any value in
the wire - just the ducts!

Oh... and also that by 2015 general society data requirements will
obliterate the Coalition's plans for FTTN. WIthout knowing anything about
politics or NBN strategy, the figures presented illustrated how top-quality
coaxial could make FTTN work (until replaced by fibre) but other copper
wasn't good enough. When asked about 4G/LTE connecting the nodes to homes
he looked at me like I was crazy for suggesting it (that or he was annoyed
I hadn't been listening to what he'd been saying about data requirements).

Should have something up in the next day or so - waiting on figures.


On 23 February 2012 16:30, Jan Whitaker <jwhit at janwhitaker.com> wrote:

> Telstra clears way for NBN deal
> Lucy Battersby
> February 23, 2012 - 3:45PM
> Telstra has lodged a revised structural separation undertaking with
> the competition watchdog - clearing the way for it to finalise its
> deal with NBN Co.
> Chief executive David Thodey said the ''revised [undertaking] came
> after multiple rounds of public consultation and the Australian
> Competition and Consumer Commission had publicly indicated Telstra
> had adequately responded to the issues raised''.
> This last comment is a reference to the ACCC's insistence that
> Telstra not oppose its plan to set a price cap on the amount it can
> charge competitors for wholesale broadband services.
> "I am please the ACCC has acknowledged that their concerns have been
> addressed and I note their commitment to consider the [undertaking]
> promptly", Mr Thodey said.
> Telstra said changes made to the undertaking since December last year
> were not material.
> The ACCC had indicated it could approve the undertaking within weeks,
> meaning Telstra's deal with NBN Co could be finalised within weeks.
> Telstra values the deal with NBN Co at $11 billion in today's money
> and has indicated it may use the funds to buy back shares.
> Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said finalising the deal
> between Telstra and NBN Co would be a 'the leap forward that we need'
> on the roll out of the broadband network.
> The ACCC confirmed it received the final draft.
> "This further version addresses those drafting issues raised during
> the recent consultation process that were of concern to the ACCC,"
> ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.
> More at the link:
> http://www.theage.com.au/business/telstra-clears-way-for-nbn-deal-20120223-1tpsa.html
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