2009 Australia - Telco Company Profiles - Telstra and Optus

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Last updated: 2 Feb 2010 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 112

Analyst: Paul Budde

Publication Overview

For those needing detailed overviews and statistics as well as objective analysis on all aspects of Telstra and Optus, this report provides essential reading and gives in-depth information on:

·         Company overviews and structure;

·         Major divisions and subsidiaries;

·         Financial and operating statistics;

·         Marketing and financial analyses and strategic overviews;

·         Network overviews.


In a separate report the following Australian companies are covered: AAPT, Amcom, gotalk, iiNet, Internode, Macquarie Telecom, M2 Telecommunications, Nextgen Networks, TPG Telecom (Soul), TransACT, and Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA). See Australia - Telco Company Profiles - 2nd Tier.


Researcher: Paul Budde

Current publication date:- January 2010 (15th Edition)

Next publication date:- December 2010

Executive Summary

Telstra Corporation Limited

Telstra is Australia’s largest telecommunications provider offering a full range of telecom services throughout Australia including: basic access services to most homes and businesses, local and long-distance telephone call services, mobile and Internet services. This report provides an overview of Telstra’s main areas of operation, strategic business units, local and international subsidiaries, a brief financial result summary, as well as key operating statistics in areas including network and operations data, billable traffic data, and mobile, broadband and pay TV subscribers up to June 2009. An overview of its Next Generation Network and its ADSL network is also provided.


The report also provides financial results for Telstra, together with an overview of the key highlights during each period. Half year results are also included. Detailed financial statistics and comparisons are given for each of Telstra’s service areas including mobile, Internet and IP solutions, Sensis, PSTN and international operations.


Soon after the government announced the National Broadband Network (NBN) in April 2009, a new management team was appointed, led by the new CEO David Thodey. They immediately announced their support for the NBN and their willingness to work together with the government. The company also put their weight behind the trans-sector concept as that will be the avenue to generate new revenue. Negotiations were launched with the government investigating how Telstra could best participate, including taking a shareholding in NBN Co.



Optus provides a range of communications services including mobile, national and long-distance services, local and international telephony, business network services, Internet and satellite services and subscription TV. This report provides an overview of the main divisions within Optus including: Consumer, Business, Small and Medium Business and Wholesale and Satellite. A breakdown of key operating statistics is provided for Internet, broadband, voice, and pay TV services, along with highlights of the company’s financial results.


Financial summaries for Optus are provided for the years 1997 to 2009. For the 2008/09 financial year, results include revenue and EBITDA for each main operating division – Mobile, Business, Wholesale, Consumer and SMB fixed; revenue breakdowns for each service division: Mobile, Voice, Internet, pay TV, data and IP, satellite, ICT and Managed Services and a detailed breakdown of revenues with each of these service divisions. Financial and marketing analysis of Optus’ 2009 financial results and a market analysis for 2009 are also included.


The Optus Customer Access Network comprises a fibre and HFC network. The fibre network serves major business customers via Optus laid fibre in all capital cities, major suburban business districts and major regional centres, and also provides transmission capacity between the Optus network facilities (exchanges and fibre access nodes) and to many of Optus’ DSLAM sites. The HFC network is a wholly Optus owned network used for telephony, high-speed data and pay television to residential, non-business, customers. Digital switching facilities have been constructed in major cities, with fibre optic cable linking these exchanges. The company also has satellite facilities. The company launched its 3G services in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The network has been upgraded with HSPA technology to deliver broadband speeds of up to 7.2Mb/s.


Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

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