Telcos to get interconnection determination

TelstraClear's interconnection wrangle with Telecom is the first time the new Telecommunications Act will be exercised.

The Commerce Commission has ruled that a determination is to be made on the matter of TelstraClear and Telecom’s interconnection agreement, representing the first opportunity to test the new Telecommunications Act.

Shortly after TelstraClear made its application to the commission last month, Telecom filed two counter-applications and the commission has decided all three will be investigated together.

“We’re satisfied all matters Telecom seeks to advance in its applications can be addressed in the context of the TelstraClear application and that it would be more efficient to deal with a single application," says commission network access group manager Osmond Borthwick.

TelstraClear also asked last month for a determination on resale issues with Telecom, which the commission ruled will be treated separately from the interconnection issues.

Earlier this month, the two carriers agreed to set interconnection payments at an agreed rate until the determination is made, which is likely to be in August.

As part of that agreement, TelstraClear dropped a bid for a court injunction to order Telecom to supply access links to its network.

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