Telstra copper powers 1.3 million services: ACCC

ACCC releases broadband statistics

The number of Australian broadband services powered by Telstra’s wholesale network has reached 1.3 million, according to data released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The data indicates this figure has more than doubled in the two years to September 2009.

According to the consumer watchdog, growth of broadband services via direct access slowed to around 288,000 lines in the past 12 months, and an additional 24 telephone exchanges are now being serviced by alternative providers.

"This data shows that competition by direct access continues to grow with consumers exercising choice and seeking value by selecting alternate service providers for broadband," ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said in a statement.

The published data also states that broadband provided by alternative internet service providers (ISP) has increased, while the number of retail and wholesale broadband services provided over Telstra’s fixed line equipment declined.

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