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Topic # 7774 9-May-2006 00:08

I found this very small news, I thought I will share:

AUSTRALIA'S GDP would receive a AUD 3.5 billion boost from a national competitive DSL network using the unbundled local loop (ULL) service, according to research by The Allen Consulting Group commissioned by Optus. Competitive ULL roll out would have a large positive effect on the Australian economy, boosting GDP by 0.3 percent or AUD 3.5 billion by 2016 – 17. The report highlighted two important government policy settings to stimulate such a competitive roll out: A ULL price based on sound regulatory principles – including a deaveraged, cost based ULL price, and maximising the impact of subsidies under Connect Australia to stimulate a competitive national roll-out.

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  Reply # 35232 9-May-2006 00:36
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First up we take any report commisioned by Optus on DSL issues in Australia with a grain of salt.  (If you're not sure why then do a bit of reading of Optus submissions to the Au Govt on the subject and you'll cotton on quick enough.)

Secondly how old is this report?  Would you care to share a link?  I'm going to beat it's a number of years old. 

As for the ULL price... it started at $13 dollars (IIRC), was $46 and hasn't stopped going up ever.  The regulators spent years arguing about the price with industry and is not moot as they don't use ULL anyway for domestic service delivery.

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  Reply # 35238 9-May-2006 02:05
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 The report is dated 28 April 2006 and can be downloaded here (PDF link).

 Telstra originally proposed a banded ULL line rental from $13 in the CBDs to $100 in rural and remote areas. They withdrew this and now propose an averaged rate of $30 regardless of location.

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  Reply # 35259 9-May-2006 10:13

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  Reply # 35264 9-May-2006 10:58
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I'm not sure why Don Brash linked "internet access" in Australia with ULL because ULL does hardly anything to drive dial-up uptake. After ULL in Australia in 1999, broadband uptake in Australia is now 17 (1). NZ on the other hand is still 22. Although Australia is not on top of the list, they are certainly better off than we are in NZ in terms of broadband uptade. His quote of the statistic of "internet access connectivity" is a clear act of trying to mislead people.

By the way, Brash also said he will not reversed ULL when/if they are the Government. Also, if ULL were to prove to improve broadband uptake, he will be fully supportive of it. I'm quite certain NZ will move up the ranks with ULL, even if only to 17. So all your argument of "taking away Telecom's property rights" (2) doesn't seem to accepted by either parties. Like David Farrar said in his blog (3), Telecom executives should definitely be pondering why all the anti-regulation people, which now also includes the National party, are all supportive of ULL. :)


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