NZ Commerce Commission: Competition becoming more intense in telecommunications market – annual monitoring report

1 May 2012:  The Commerce Commission has released its 2011 telecommunications annual monitoring report analysing the state of New Zealand’s telecommunications markets. “Most notably we’ve seen a fall in market concentration in all sectors which indicates that competition is becoming more intense. Consumers are being offered a more diverse range of competitively priced services, often […] Read more »



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Final report of Convergence Review released

30 April 2012:  The final report of the independent Convergence Review (‘The Review’)[1] commissioned by the Federal Government was released on Monday 30 April 2012.  The Convergence Review was tasked with examining examine the policy and regulatory frameworks that apply to the converged media and communications landscape in Australia. The Review has recommended a substantial […] Read more »

Casenote: National Rugby League Investments Pty Limited v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd

27 April 2012:  The Full Court of the Federal Court handed down its unanimous judgment in National Rugby League Investments Pty Limited v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd[1] (‘the judgment’) on 27 April 2012.  The decision allowed the NRL, AFL and Telstra’s appeal from the decision of Rares J at first instance[2] that Optus had not infringed […] Read more »

TPG pays infringement notices for free VoIP minutes claim

26 April 2012:  TPG Internet Pty Ltd (TPG) has paid two infringement notices totalling $13,200 in relation to advertisements for its ‘500 free VoIP Minutes’ offer which the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission believed to be misleading.  TPG advertised on its website that consumers who subscribed to a broadband bundle plan would receive 500 free […] Read more »

Local NBN enabled services for Brunswick

24 April 2012:  Senator Stephen Conroy has launched the first Victorian NBN-enabled Digital Hub at the Brunswick Neighbourhood House.  Senator Conroy also announced that Moreland City Council has been successful in its application for Digital Local Government program funding.  The Australian Government’s Digital Hubs program uses community partnerships in National Broadband Network (NBN) connected communities […] Read more »

ACCC issues final guidelines on non-discrimination for NBN and superfast telecommunications networks

19 April 2012:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released final guidelines on the non-discrimination provisions contained in Part XIC of theCompetition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA).  As part of the National Broadband Network reforms, NBN Co and other providers of wholesale superfast telecommunications services are prohibited from discriminating between their customers. The ACCC has […] Read more »

ACMA publishes draft rules for the digital dividend spectrum auction

11 April 2012:  The ACMA today published draft rules for the digital dividend spectrum auction, the biggest to be held in a decade.  ‘Publishing the draft rules is a key milestone for the ACMA in preparing for the auction,’ said Giles Tanner, General Manager of the ACMA’s Digital Transition Division. ‘Over the past months, we have been […] Read more »

ACCC not to oppose AUSTAR acquisition after undertaking resolves concerns

10 April 2012:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not oppose the proposed acquisition of AUSTAR United Communications Limited by FOXTEL Management Pty Limited after accepting court-enforceable undertakings from FOXTEL.  The undertakings will prevent FOXTEL from acquiring exclusive internet protocol television (IPTV) rights for a range of attractive television program and movie content including […] Read more »

ACCC seeks comment on proposed variation to fixed line final access determinations

5 April 2012:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced a public inquiry into varying the fixed line final access determinations.  Telstra has requested that the ACCC vary the final access determinations (FADs) for the declared wholesale line rental (WLR), local carriage service (LCS) and a subset of the public switched telephone network originating […] Read more »

Court finds telecommunications bundling to be misleading and third line forcing

5 April 2012:  The Federal Court has made declarations by consent that the company formerly known as Clear Telecoms (Aust) Pty Ltd engaged in both misleading and deceptive conduct and third line forcing.  These declarations relate to the sale of bundled deals of telecommunication services and equipment rental agreements to two small businesses in 2008.  […] Read more »

Internet Industry Association icode under review

3 April 2012:  The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has commenced a review of its icode.  The icode is a voluntary industry code that is used by service providers to help fight cybercrime through protective systems and cooperation on reporting and disclosure. The icode has been recognised internationally and is being examined for adoption in the […] Read more »

ACCC wins appeal against Google

3 April 2012:  The Full Federal Court has unanimously upheld the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s appeal filed in October 2011 against Google.  The Full Court declared that Google, by publishing the four advertisements that were the subject of the ACCC appeal on result pages of the Google Australia website, engaged in conduct that was […] Read more »

Apple iPhone, Virgin, Internode and Primus top telecommunication customer satisfaction

2 April 2012:  The Roy Morgan Internet or Mobile Service Provider Customer Satisfaction Reports have been released. Some results. Apple iPhone again received the highest Customer Satisfaction rating (96%) of any telecommunication brand for February.  Virgin again finished on top of the Mobile Service Provider category for February with a Customer Satisfaction rating of 81%. […] Read more »

ACCC begins consultation on establishment of Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator

29 March 2012:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today released a discussion paper inviting comment on draft documents relating to Telstra’s establishment of an Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator (ITA).  “The confidence of Telstra’s wholesale customers in the ITA will be important to ensure the success of Telstra’s interim equivalence and transparency commitments and its obligations […] Read more »

Apple Pty Ltd provides undertaking regarding ACCC’s “iPad with WiFi + 4G” urgent application

28 March 2012: The Federal Court has accepted an undertaking from Apple Pty Limited in response to an urgent application filed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).  The ACCC has alleged that the promotion of the “iPad with WiFi + 4G” by Apple Pty Limited and Apple Inc is misleading because it represents […] Read more »