Telecommunications Competition Regulation

Productivity Commission Inquiry Report No. 16

797 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2002

Date Written: September 21, 2001


On 21 June 2000 the Commission received a reference from the Treasurer on telecommunications-specific competition regulation for inquiry. A further reference was received in January 2001 to examine aspects of the Pay TV market and its effects on regional telecommunications capacity. The report examines competition, regulation, and access issues in Australia's telecommunications industry. Its central focus is on Part XIB and XIC of the Trade Practices Act (which set out provisions for dealing with anti-competitive behaviour and the telecommunications-specific access regime). It also covers aspects of the Telecommunications Act (for example, number portability and licence conditions). It makes many recommendations for change to the arrangements.

Keywords: telecommunications, competition regulation, trade practices act 1974, access pricing, access regime, carrier, Telstra, Optus, WTO, regulation, broadband, infrastructure, pay TV

JEL Classification: O

Suggested Citation

Commission, Productivity, Telecommunications Competition Regulation (September 21, 2001). Productivity Commission Inquiry Report No. 16. Available at SSRN: or

Productivity Commission (Contact Author)

Government of Australia

Level 28
35 Collins St.
Melbourne, Victoria, Victoria 3000

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