Feeds

ACCC told cable nets should offer wholesale

HFC declaration debate re-opened

Business security measures using SSL

A submission to the ACCC's fixed line services declaration review has re-ignited an ancient debate about whether the regulator should pry open Telstra's and Optus' HFC cables.

While there's no technical reason wholesale broadband services can't be offered over HFC, retailer interest has been so muted that the competition regulator has never been moved to act on the closed cable networks. In the early 2000s, the regulator told print publication Australian Communications declaration of HFC broadband services had never been considered because it had never been sought.

More recently, Internode founder Simon Hackett has requested access to the Telstra HFC cable, but has been rebuffed.

The ACCC is currently inquiring into the declaration of fixed line services, which is the key enabler to DSL competition in Australia by opening Telstra's copper network to competition. According to Communications Day, Dermot Cox of Consulter has made a submission asking the ACCC to consider adding HFC cable to its list of declared services.

Cox's argument is that since fibre services won't be universally available until 2021, HFC wholesale would provide the chance to create a more competitive market in “superfast” services. He proposes an open access Ethernet service be mandated for the Telstra and Optus networks.

Submissions to the fixed services review were due to close last Friday, but the ACCC has now extended the submission deadline to 6 September. ®

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.