NBN Co releases revised SAU Variation Discussion Paper

NBN Co

NBN Co today released a new Special Access Undertaking (SAU) Discussion Paper to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), internet retailers and consumer advocacy groups involved in the SAU consultation process.

In recognition of the changes in the policy landscape and operating environment since the previous proposed SAU Variation was lodged in March 2022, the key changes to nbn’s proposed SAU Variation are:

  • In addition to the previous commitment to remove CVC (capacity) charging and introduce AVC-only pricing for the nbn Home Fast (100 Mbps) and above wholesale speed tiers by 1 July 2023, commitment to a firm timeframe for the complete removal of CVC charges and introduction of AVC-only pricing across the 12, 25, 50 Mbps wholesale speed tiers by 1 July 2026
  • Significant wholesale price reductions to AVC-only pricing on key higher speed tiers by 1 July 2023
  • Reduced wholesale bundle charges or additional data inclusions on 12, 25 and 50 Mbps wholesale speed tiers
  • Introduction of a Weighted Average Price Cap (WAPC) that will initially cap nbn’s overall pricing on average at CPI
  • Further limitations on drawdown of the Initial Cost Recovery Account (ICRA)
  • Setting benchmark service standards for each regulatory period, with ACCC oversight
  • Automatic expiration of SAU before 2040 if a future Government relinquishes control of nbn
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