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How to provide service area data to the ACMA

The Statutory Infrastructure Provider (SIP) register includes the location of service areas with access to broadband and details of the SIP responsible for each service area.

The register enables retail service providers and consumers to determine the SIP in any area. Retail service providers can find which SIP to contact if they need to have infrastructure installed for their customers.

Tell the ACMA about service areas

NBN Co will be the default SIP across Australia. Once an area is ready for service, NBN Co must declare the area a ‘provisional interim NBN service area’ and publish this on its website. This must occur within 10 business days after the end of the month of publication. Once NBN Co has declared an area is a provisional interim NBN service area, it becomes the SIP for that area.

Other carriers can enter a contract to install infrastructure to enable network connections to consumers. You must notify us by giving an anticipatory notice. This notice must include the project area, planned type of network infrastructure and the likely date of completion. Further information on anticipatory notices is provided below.

You must declare a location a ‘provisional nominated service area’ within 10 business days after installation is completed. This declaration must also be provided to us and published on their website. A carrier then becomes the SIP for that area.

Using the SIP register dataset

Carriers must give us geographic data (in the MapInfo TAB vector file format using the GDA94 coordinate system) for their service areas.

If your company must give geographic information to us for the SIP register dataset, you can upload your data into the SIP register database via data.gov.au.

To gain access to data.gov.au, email sip@acma.gov.au requesting access. Once data has been uploaded, it will be added to the National Map. This will allow consumers to search for SIPs based on location.

Giving anticipatory notices to the ACMA

If your company is required to give the ACMA an anticipatory notice under sections 360HA(1), 360HA(2), 360HA(3) or 360HA(4) of the Telecommunications Act 1997, it will be made available on the SIP register.

From 1 July 2020, once your company enters into a contract to install telecommunications network infrastructure, you need to provide an anticipatory notice to the ACMA within 10 business days after entering into the contract.

If your company had entered into a contract to install network infrastructure prior to 1 July 2020, but the installation was not completed by this date, you must provide an anticipatory notice to the ACMA by 29 September 2020

We will publish the anticipatory notice on the SIP register so that retail service providers can identify the (future) SIP and location of future connections. Consumers will need to arrange a connection through a retail service provider.

Providing details to the ACMA and accessing the SIP register

You must provide your details to us if your company is required to give the ACMA:

  • a copy of declaration under section 360H(9) of the Telecommunications Act 1997
  • an anticipatory notice under sections 360HA(1), 360HA(2), 360HA(3) or 360HA(4) of the Telecommunications Act 1997
  • geographic data (in the MapInfo TAB vector file format using the GDA94 coordinate system) for service areas under the SIP regime.

Please email us at sip@acma.gov.au for instructions on how to access and upload your data into the SIP register dataset.

 

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