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AAPT And Telstra Sign Agreement And Drop Case

AAPT And Telstra Sign Package Agreement And Drop Court Case

Telstra Wholesale and AAPT today announced that they had agreed on a package involving a range of services including PSTN and broadband (ADSL) services.

Under the deal, both parties will now use the Dial-up Internet Access Service (DIAS) for the termination of data calls. Consequently, Telstra has agreed to withdraw its access dispute before the ACCC relating to the price of terminating data calls on AAPT’s networks.

Also as a result of the agreement, both parties have withdrawn from proceedings before the Australian Competition Tribunal which was reviewing the PSTN prices payable by AAPT.

Telstra Wholesale’s Group Managing Director, Mr Bruce Akhurst, said, “This deal signals the start of a new relationship with AAPT. It enables us to establish our wholesale relationships and prices on a commercial basis and to focus on business growth.

“While I am pleased with the scope of the agreement, I am especially pleased with the broadband aspect of the deal which means that we can work together to grow the broadband market. Broadband remains a key element in the future of the industry.”

Australian Chief Operating Officer of the Telecom New Zealand Group, Mr David Bedford, said, “AAPT is pleased with the outcomes of this agreement, which provides AAPT with a level of certainty about its cost structures that it has previously not experienced.

“Setting the interconnection prices is the first crucial step towards establishing a stable and competitive telecommunications industry, as it enables other carriers to more accurately plan their pricing, investment decisions and business operations.

“We look forward to using this agreement with Telstra to continue to grow and to deliver a competitive service to our customers,” said Mr Bedford.

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