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Final approval granted for Optus HFC migration to NBN

 |  July 19, 2012

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) has given final approval to a subscription migration agreement between NBN and SingTel Optus. The ACCC had issued a draft determination of approval in late May 2012. Under the agreement, Optus will move its HFC customers to NBN’s fiber optic network. The agreement also decommissions parts of Optus’ HFC network, thus avoiding the parts’ costs of operation because NBN provides the same service.

Although the agreement removes a competitor to NBN in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, the ACCC determined that public benefit outweighed the competitive pressure that Optus HFC would have been able to supply. Moreover, the ACCC considered that Optus HFC subscribers will eventually migrate to NBN because NBN is able to offer significantly faster products than Optus HFC will ever be able to supply.

Full content: Sydney Morning Herald


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