Commission to make wholesale ruling

TelstraClear and Telecom's wholesale agreements are to be reviewed by telecommunications commissioner Douglas Webb.

TelstraClear and Telecom’s wholesale agreements are to be reviewed by telecommunications commissioner Douglas Webb.

The Commerce Commission, under whose auspices Webb works, says it has finished an assessment of the wholesale side of TelstraClear’s application and would investigate “aspects of it”.

Last month the commission said it would investigate the interconnection side of TelstraClear’s application, which was made in May and asked for determinations both on interconnection and wholesale arrangements with Telecom.

When the application was lodged, TelstraClear chief executive Rosemary Howard said “we have advised Telecom we wish to accept wholesale access to residential services as provided for in the Telecommunications Act”.

Talks on the wholesaling and interconnection issues have been stalled since the previous agreement, between Telecom and TelstraClear’s predecessor, Clear, ended in September.

The next step in the determination process is for the commission to request written submissions from TelstraClear and Telecom.

Telecom spokesman Andrew Bristol told Computerworld earlier this year that specific aspects of the interconnection and wholesale disagreements were “commercially confidential”.

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