The ACCC announced on Monday it had put off making a decision on NBN Co’s proposed variation to its SAU until the company has undertaken further consultation with customers on its pricing model for the NBN.
And, the ACCC said in a statement that it is aware that NBN Co is already consulting with its customers — telecommunications companies that pay to access the NBN network — on potential alternatives to the current pricing model.
But ACCC chairman Rod Sims said, “We think an industry outcome on NBN pricing is the best solution and preferable to a regulatory outcome. We welcome NBN Co’s initiative here and will let the process run its course.
“We do not think it is appropriate to make a decision on the SAU variation until the pricing consultation is further progressed.”
Sims says the ACCC will progress its consideration of other aspects of the SAU variation, including “certain non-price matters”, so that the ACCC will be able to finalise the process when a position has been reached on NBN Co’s pricing consultation.
NBN Co submitted a revised SAU variation in June to incorporate fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-basement and hybrid fibre coaxial technologies (multi technology mix services) into the SAU, to reflect the current NBN model, and effectively extending the current SAU pricing arrangements to these MTM services.