Telstra’s fibre to the curb proposal

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The ACCC says it will consider whether Telstra’s fibre to the curb proposal offers adequate protections for customers to maintain access to services during migration to the nbn.

A PROPOSED variation to Telstra’s nbn migration plan to facilitate the rollout of fibre to the curb technology has resulted in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission seeking feedback from stakeholders.

In 2015 the commission approved a revised migration plan which details how Telstra will progressively migrate existing customers’ telephone and internet services to multi-technology mix nbn services.

Telstra’s proposed variation will facilitate the rollout of fibre to the curb by nbn Co as an access technology.

The rollout of fibre to the curb is planned to commence in 2018.

A discussion paper on the commission’s website says fibre to the curb allows fibre to be connected to copper line through a distribution point unit located in a pit outside a customer’s premises, which is connected to a network connection device inside a customer’s premises.

The network connection device will have an integrated reverse powering feed to power the distribution point unit from the premises via the copper lead-in.

These fibre to the curb connection arrangements will require retail service providers and end-users to take a more active role in the activation of an nbn service compared to existing access technologies, for example in ensuring the network connection device is connected and powered.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said the commission would consider whether the proposed changes offered adequate protections for customers to maintain access to the services they valued during migration to the nbn.

“Once the fibre to the curb technology is ready to be deployed, the migration plan is intended to promote efficient disconnections and minimal disruption in the switchover to NBN-based services.

“It is important that the existing service is not disconnected without the customer’s consent until the nbn-based service is successfully activated.”

The commission is required to undertake a 28-day consultation period in relation to the proposed variation and is seeking feedback from interested parties who can make written submissions by January 5 to ssu-migration@accc.gov.au

For more information about the discussion paper email robert.wright@accc.gov.au