Australia: Vodafone’s Berroeta wants ACCC action on roaming

Vodafone Australia boss Inaki Berroeta has warned the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission not to kick the can down the road on regulated ­domestic mobile roaming, urging it instead to take decisive action and ensure stronger ­competition for regional users.

With the competition regulator expected to release a draft determination on the issue in March, Mr Berroeta criticised ­rivals Telstra and Optus for trying to entrench a duopoly without the facts to back up their positions.

“There’s a clear gap in the availability of communication ­services across large parts of ­Australia and we are proposing a way forward, but rather than ­exploring the possibilities or proposing alternatives Telstra and Optus are instead busy stating how bad this is for investment, ” Mr Berroeta told The Australian.

“If you look at what has happened in other countries that have used a roaming mechanism there has been no slowdown in investment, so what facts are they using to say that it won’t happen here?

“The ACCC needs to ensure that it doesn’t waste this opportunity because all we hear from Telstra is that the way things are now is good, which is not what ­regional users are saying.”

Full Content: The Australian

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