Australia - Analyses Telecoms Market - mid 2013


The Australian telecoms market currently operates in a two-tiered fashion. By far the greatest attention of politicians and the media is focused on the national broadband market. After five years of political fighting the NBN policy from the Coalition is now very close to the policy that supports the network that is currently being rolled out. There are very large parts that now have bipartisan support. Few politicians will actually admit this, but the future existence of the NBN is safe.

The real market action in 2013 is taking place in the mobile broadband market. The spectrum auctions have seen Telstra as the clear winner and it is set to dominate the 4G LTE market. This will have serious consequences for the other players in the market, especially Optus, whose future depends on mobile. It won’t be too long before we start seeing monopolistic tendencies in this market.

In the meantime, in many sectors the NBN is no longer the story. Instead it has created other, new stories in the various sections of our society and our economy, many of which are highlighted in this report.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Australia’s $43 billion telecoms market
    • 2.1 National Broadband Network
    • 2.2 Mobile operations
    • 2.3 Mobile broadband
    • 2.4 Major telcos
      • 2.4.1 Telstra
      • 2.4.2 Optus
      • 2.4.3 Second tier telcos
  • 3. Key trends and developments in infrastructure’
    • 3.1 The thousands of unreported benefits of high-speed infrastructure
    • 3.2 The end of HFC and FttN networks is approaching
      • 3.2.1 Globally, no more new HFC networks
      • 3.2.2 Stretching out the life of copper cables
      • 3.2.3 The FttH tipping point
      • 3.2.4 FttH is the only long-term solution
      • 3.2.5 Good quality HFC and FttN – interim solutions
      • 3.2.6 The relevance for Australia
      • 3.2.7 The key issue – regulation, not technology
    • 3.3 Can we afford not to have a fibre optic infrastructure?
    • 3.4 Submarine cable services between Australia and NZ in the spotlight again
  • 4. Mobile developments, Key Trends and analyses
    • 4.1 Questions about the robustness of mobile networks
    • 4.2 The Digital spectrum auctionS
      • 4.2.1 700MHz and 2.5GHz spectrum
      • 4.2.2 Analysis of the spectrum auction
    • 4.3 LTE deployments to rise and WiFi’s growing importance acknowledged
    • 4.4 Retaining the customer is important in current climate
    • 4.5 OTT mobile VoIP and messaging a threat to revenue
    • 4.6 Smart phone uptake driving industry growth
    • 4.7 Mobile Instant Messaging: a key threat to operators in 2013
  • 5. The digital transformation of Australia
  • 6. The mobile and digital economy
    • 6.1 Digital economy – e-commerce insights
    • 6.2 The mobile and online economy
  • 7. Transforming the social sectors
    • 7.1 Digital productivity
    • 7.2 E-Health
    • 7.3 E-Education
    • 7.4 E-Government
    • 7.5 Are we trying to solve the healthcare crisis from the wrong perspective?
    • 7.6 Big Data still a hot topic
  • 8. Broadcasting, IPTV and other digital media developments
    • 8.1 FTA broadcasting versus subscription TV versus IPTV and the battle for supremacy
    • 8.2 The death of TV – or not?
    • 8.3 Digital gaming formats thrive at the expense of traditional
  • 9. Smart Communities based on Intelligent Infrastructure
    • 9.1 Smart Societies
    • 9.2 Recent developments for Artificial Intelligence
    • 9.3 Smart Transport
    • 9.4 M2M and The Internet of Things
    • 9.5 Smart Energy
    • 9.6 Smart Meters in Victoria – Case Study
    • 9.7 People power in the energy market
    • 9.8 World first – prepaid electricity through smart grids
  • 10. Other Reports:
  • Table 1 - The results of the auction and the associated revenues are:

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