Regulator ACCC has announced the interim pricing terms for access seekers to Telstra's (ASX:TLS) copper networks.
The Interim Access Determinations (IADs) have been designed to serve as a benchmark for Telstra and potential wholesale customers to fall back on when negotiating terms, ACCC said.
The price for a single ULLS in CBD, metropolitan and regional areas has been set to $16 per month. Prices had previously ranged from $6.60 per month for CBDs to $31.30 per month for regional areas.
In the most remote rural areas, the indicative access price goes up to $48.00.
Indicative wholesale prices for line rental have been cut by over $3, while use of the Local Carriage Service has been slashed to to 9.1 cents per call from 17 cents..
The prices have been backdated to January 1 – the date the new telecom access regime came into effect – and will expire at the end of the year or when final access determinations are set.
ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said the terms serve only as a guideline for when no commercial agreement between Telstra and the access seeker can be reached.
“While parties are still able to negotiate their own terms and conditions, the [IADs] establish a benchmark for Telstra and access seekers to fall back on when negotiating terms and conditions.”
But he noted that the new draft terms represent a “major shift in our approach to pricing these services” - one that has the support of the industry.
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