One of the most difficult things in this country is managing telco monopolies and ensuring there’s enough competition in the market, especially when it comes to broadband. TPG’s fibre-to-the-building (or fibre-to-the-basement) plan doesn’t seem to raise any eyebrows with the competition regulator, however, which means clear regulatory sailing for its construction.
Speaking with the AFR yesterday, the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, said that the watchdog isn’t about to impose restrictions on TPG’s FTTB plans.
Sims said that the reason the current market is so difficult to regulate competition-wise is because of the “ubiquitous bottleneck…Telstra has with its copper wire”.
He added that TPG would be likely to self-regulate in the current market, because of existing fibre competition.
One step closer to more fibre in our country! [AFR]
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