Telstra considers reselling ADSL2+ to rival ISPs

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Telstra considers reselling ADSL2+ to rival ISPs

Telstra has done an about-face on its broadband wholesale strategy by suggesting it might be willing to resell ADSL2+ high speed internet services to rival ISPs.

Telstra, which had delayed its switching on of more then 900 ADSL2+ exchanges for three years until April this year, has traditionally denied competing ISPs access to its ADSL2+ network in fear that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) would force it to resell the connection to competitors at low-ball prices.

At the time of Telstra’s opening of the 900 ADSl2+ ports, the company declined to state whether or not it would offer wholesale access to its freshly unveiled high-speed service.

Telstra's announcement that it intends to resell the ADSL2+ services suggests that the ACCC has given its assurance it would not interfere with Telstra’s wholesale pricing structure.

"Telstra Wholesale has always said that we would consider selling ADSL2+ if and when it made commercial sense to do so," confirmed Telstra spokesperson Martin Barr in a statement.

"Since we received assurances from the ACCC that they won't interfere we were more confident about taking a look at our commercial options," he said

Telstra’s backflip comes as the company’s rivals heap pressure on the Federal Government to investigate splitting the telco giant into retail and wholesale operations if its national broadband network tender bid is successful.
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