Authority OKs Aust carriers on Y2K

Australians can be 'reasonably confident' that the telecommunications industry in Australia will be ready for the year 2000 date change, according to a report from the Australian Communications Authority (ACA).

The report, released last week, is the third in a series of ACA reports on Y2K readiness of the telecomms industry.

It warns that there is a risk that some international calls may be affected by Y2K, but states that the integrity of Australian networks is unlikely to be affected.

"The ACA is satisfied with the level of commitment shown by the industry to the issue. Based on rigorous testing undertaken by the major carriers, the industry expects that service continuity will be maintained at Y2K crucial dates across domestic carrier fixed and mobile telecommunications networks," said Tony Shaw, ACA chairman.

The ACA will issue a fourth report on Y2K readiness at the end of November.

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