Telstra's NBN deal raises competition concerns with the ACCC

THE competition watchdog has raised concerns that Telstra may benefit against its rivals from the information it gains while helping to build parts of the NBN.

Telstra today announced its latest deal with the NBN, worth around $1.6 billion, for planning and construction services on part of the NBN network.

The deal relates to areas currently covered by Telstra's existing Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) network footprint in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth.

Telstra will be in charge of planning the construction works and performing building work within its exchanges, while construction work in the field will mainly be undertaken by the NBN's existing partners.

However, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised concerns with the deal, warning that it might give Telstra an unfair advantage over its competitors in selling NBN services.

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