ACCC Not to Declare Mobile Roaming

The ACCC has decided not to declare domestic mobile roaming for regional and remote areas of Australia, despite a strong push for the move from Maranoa MP David Littleproud and others.

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims says their inquiry found that declaration would not lead to lower prices or better coverage or quality of services for regional Australians.

“However, it has identified a range of regulatory and policy measures that could improve inadequate mobile phone coverage and poor quality of service in regional Australia.”

“Better transparency about network coverage and quality, more accountability about network investments and better information for regulatory and policy decision makers are all important.”

MR Sims says the ACCC will shortly commence a further review of the Facilities Access Code to identify barriers to co-location or infrastructure deployment and a review of the ACCC’s own measures they use to collect information about mobile networks.

“We will also actively engage with industry and federal and state governments about the issues this Inquiry has identified.”

Mr Sims says that while geographic coverage is important to many consumers, it is not the only factor people consider when choosing their provider.

“Many Australians actually prefer Telstra in areas where there is competing coverage due to the quality of the network. Declaration could actually harm the interests of consumers by undermining the incentives of mobile operators to make investments to compete with each ot