The significance of the Telstra structural separation undertaking (SSU) seems to have missed many people. This week Twisted Wire tries to explain why it’s so important.
The Prime Minister said on Tuesday that the new agreement is the green light for the roll-out of the National Broadband Network. That may be so, but the real significance is the short term impact on telecommunications competition. From today, Telstra should be providing its wholesale products to all retailers at the same price and in the same form as it does for its own retail division. It’s something the industry has been after for two decades. That’s a pretty significant development!
In this edition of Twisted Wire we try to make sense of it all, helped by:
- Ed Willett, commissioner at the ACCC
- Andrew Sheridan, general manager of Interconnect and Economic Regulation at Optus
- Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.