The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said that mandating Data Network Access Service (DNAS) number portability would not be in the long-term interests of end-users.
Michael Cosgrave, general manager of telecommunications at ACCC, said that the issue of DNAS number portability came out of concerns from ISPs about moving between wholesale providers.
A DNAS granted access to resources on a data network and was mostly used for dial-up internet access.
Cosgrave added that the issue only concerned ISPs and did not affect end users.
Ed Willett, an ACCC commissioner, said in a statement: "The ACCC is not satisfied that the introduction of DNAS number portability would be likely to promote competition in the market for dial-up access to data networks or encourage economic efficiency to a material extent."
"In these circumstances, the ACCC considers that it should not issue a direction to the Australian Communications Authority in respect of DNAS number portability," Willett said.