ACCC highlights Telstra SSU breaches

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s first report on Telstra Corporation Ltd’s compliance with its Structural Separation Undertaking (SSU) has highlighted a number of breaches.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s first report on Telstra Corporation Ltd’s compliance with its Structural Separation Undertaking (SSU) has highlighted a number of breaches.

In a statement the ACCC said the report outlined breaches of the equivalence and transparency measures that are contained in Telstra’s SSU between March 6, 2012 and June 30, 2012.

"While it is of concern that these breaches have occurred, the fact that these matters are now coming to light and are being addressed shows that the SSU is working," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

The measures are designed to safeguard competition until the National Broadband Network fibre network is built and Telstra has migrated its fixed-line customers onto it.

The ACCC noted Telstra reported each of the potential breaches of the SSU under its mandatory compliance obligations.

The watchdog says the majority of the breaches relate to Telstra’s obligations to ensure that protected information – confidential or commercially sensitive wholesale customer information provided to Telstra in its capacity as access provider of regulated services – is not disclosed to Telstra’s retail businesses.

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