The purpose of the study is to:
- understand how the market for domestic backhaul services has evolved in today’s telecommunications environment and what it may look like in the foreseeable future
- consider what, if any, changes may be required or are desirable to the regulatory framework to best promote competition for the long-term benefit of end-users.
Given that backhaul services are an important component of all telecommunications networks, the reason for this study is to explore whether the current regulation for backhaul is fit for purpose, bearing in mind:
- the current uptake in of regulated backhaul services
- the changing nature of the backhaul services(s)
- the deployment and uptake of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB)/Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and the reliance on backhaul for these services
- emerging competition issues (if any) that may require a regulatory response.
Update – study on hold
Following the release of a consultation paper by the Government on 10 February 2017, we have decided to suspend our study pending the finalisation of the Telecommunication Act Review, given likely interdependencies between the current regulation of backhaul and its future treatment with respect to building blocks regulation. Once the Government review is finalised and we have clarity about the regulatory framework for the telecommunications as a whole, we will assess our next steps.
|Completed||Discussion paper: A Section 9A Backhaul Study due||12/08/2016|
|Completed||Submissions on discussion paper due||23/09/2016|
|Completed||Cross-submissions on discussion paper due||14/10/2016|
These dates are not official and may change. Please see the Terms and Conditions for further limitations.