13 December 2013
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced today that it has accepted NBN Co’s Special Access Undertaking (SAU).
The SAU is a key part of the regulatory framework that will govern the prices NBN Co, as a wholesale open access telecommunications network, can charge for the services it supplies to retail telecommunications companies, as well as other terms.
The ACCC’s decision follows an extensive process of consultation between the ACCC, NBN Co and industry stakeholders in relation to this unprecedented and necessarily lengthy document.
Having an accepted SAU in place establishes a baseline from which future regulatory decisions can be made. It also provides a settled basis for finalising the next set of commercial arrangements with NBN Co’s customers.
While the SAU was developed in the context of previous government policy, NBN Co considers – and the ACCC acknowledges – that the SAU should be flexible enough to be varied to respond to future technology changes that may be required.
The accepted SAU was submitted by NBN Co on 19 November 2013 and is based on a variation to the SAU submitted by NBN Co in December 2012.