NBN wholesale service standards inquiry enters next phase

The second phase of the ACCC’s NBN wholesale service standards inquiry will consider whether regulation is needed to improve customer experience.

NBN wholesale service standards are a key part of the commercial arrangements between NBN Co and retail service providers that affect the services to NBN customers.

A discussion paper, released today, highlights several issues to be considered, informed by feedback so far received by the inquiry and latest developments in the sector.

It follows the ACCC’s acceptance of an enforceable undertaking from NBN Co to improve the availability of service rebates and reporting under its current wholesale agreements with telecommunications retail service providers (RSPs).

“The improved NBN wholesale rebates terms will soon be in effect. We will be monitoring the impact of these terms to ensure they give the right incentives for NBN Co to meet its service level commitments and ensure that consumers are better off,” ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston said.

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“The enforceable undertaking addressed some of the more pressing issues, affecting customer experience, but there are still several complex issues to consider, which we are looking at in this second part of the inquiry.”

The discussion paper sets out matters where regulation might be needed. It should also inform discussions between NBN Co and RSPs on the next version of the wholesale agreements set to take place over the course of 2019.

The ACCC is seeking feedback on five key issues:

  • Aspects of the rebate framework that were not addressed as part of the enforceable undertaking
  • Information regarding speed and performance issues
  • Wholesale support for retail consumer safeguards and regulatory obligations targeted at the retail level
  • Information and reporting of operational outcomes
  • Matters relating to liability and third party claims against NBN Co.