The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a discussion paper inviting comment from industry stakeholders and consumers in relation to Telstra’s structural separation undertaking and draft migration plan.

The ACCC’s has announced its preliminary view is that Telstra’s undertaking can not be accepted in its current form and that important changes are required.

The release of the discussion paper comes after Telstra announced its structural separation  undertaking on 29 July and the draft migration plan on 24 August. The objective of the undertaking and plan is to progressively implement structural reform of the telecommunications sector through Telstra ceasing to supply fixed-line voice and broadband services over its copper and HFC networks and supplying those services using the national broadband network.

Telstra's board has urged the company's 1.4 million shareholders to vote in favour of handing over the telco's fixed-line monopoly to the National Broadband Network Co (NBN Co) after an analysis shows the it would be $4.7 billion worse off if it attempted to compete with the government backed broadband company.

The Federal Government has opened the first Queensland National Broadband Network site after Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan launched the service.

Latest figures from international executive search specialist E.L Consult show that demand for executives in the ICT field has grown, bucking the overall declining trend for executive demand in the country.

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