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Regulation of wholesale mobile voice terminating services to continue

Australia’s domestic Mobile Terminating Access Service (MTAS) for mobile voice services will be regulated by the ACCC for a further five years, but regulation of the MTAS for SMS services will not continue.

The MTAS is an essential wholesale service that allows consumers on different mobile networks to make calls or send SMS to each other. It requires mobile network operators to connect or ‘terminate’ calls or SMS between their different networks.

The current regulation, or declaration, of voice and SMS MTAS expires on 30 June, 2019.

Notice of MTAS FAD inquiry

The public inquiry will consider the price and non-price terms and conditions (NPTCs) of access to mobile termination services that best promote the long term interests of end-users and which take account of the other factors under section 152BCA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA).

2019 DTCS FAD consultation paper

On 5 June 2019, the ACCC released a consultation paper to formally commence a public inquiry into making a final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS). The ACCC seeks submissions from interested parties on the issues outlined in the DTCS FAD consultation paper by 5 pm on 5 July 2019. 

Domestic transmission capacity service final access determination inquiry 2019

On 5 June 2019, the ACCC released a consultation paper to formally commence a public inquiry into making a final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS). The consultation paper seeks industry views on the pricing approach that the ACCC should adopt for the DTCS and the appropriate prices for newly-defined transmission route services, such as backhaul to regional mobile base stations.