Telcos Seek Directions from Competition Tribunal

Telstra and AAPT, and Telstra and Primus will appear before the Australian Competition Tribunal today for a directions hearing on their respective PSTN arbitration disputes.

Telstra has requested that the Tribunal address fundamental issues surrounding the appropriate methodology for determining the price other carriers should pay for interconnecting with Telstra's network.

Telstra is appealing the ACCC's final determinations on the AAPT and Primus access arbitrations, which were released in September.

Deena Shiff, Telstra's director of regulatory said: "This appeal to the industry umpire, the Australian Competition Tribunal, is the only way this long running dispute over the cost of competitors using Telstra's network can be finalised for the whole industry."

"Telstra is hopeful that it's [the Australian Competition Tribunal] decision will set the industry benchmark and expectations about how these prices should be determined."

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