Australia - Broadcasting - Infrastructure

Synopsis

The 50-year old broadcasting infrastructure is undergoing its most dramatic change ever and this is only the start. As one of the last industries to go digital, broadcasters have been trying to hang on to analogue systems as this provided them with better options to protect their lucrative oligopolies. Digital TV (both FtA and pay TV) is providing more capacity and leads to an increase of companies that want to participate in this market. For how long will the government be able to protect these interests? Broadband will soon be able to delver television services and the question will be how long the traditional broadcasters will be able to survive without undergoing major structural changes. An interesting merger of telco and broadcasting infrastructure was launched in 2004.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market Overview
  • 3. Types of infrastructure
    • 3.1 Analogue vs digital transmission
    • 3.2 Coverage
    • 3.3 Ownership
    • 3.4 Customers
  • 4. Major players
    • 4.1 Broadcast Australia
      • 4.1.1 Brief history
    • 4.2 TX Australia
      • 4.2.1 TXA infrastructure
    • 4.3 Optus
      • 4.3.1 The satellite network
      • 4.3.2 Satellite locations
      • 4.3.3 Earth stations
  • 5. Pay TV
    • 5.1 Infrastructure statistics
      • 5.1.1 Availability
      • 5.1.2 Infrastructure costings
  • 6. Infrastructure analysis
    • 6.1 Cable TV Roll out (Update 2003)
      • 6.1.1 Network inefficiencies
      • 6.1.2 Costs by technology
      • 6.1.3 Foxtel’s digitalisation
      • 6.1.4 The Optus retreat
      • 6.1.5 Overbuilding
      • 6.1.6 No infrastructure competition dynamics
      • 6.1.7 Broadband implications
      • 6.1.8 Operators against citizens
      • 6.1.9 Broadbanding local Communities
    • 6.2 Broadcaster and telco merge – April 2004
    • Table 1 – Estimated Optus satellite network traffic – 1999-2003
    • Table 2 – Pay TV roll-out statistics (homes passed) – 1996-2002
    • Table 3 – Overhead versus underground cabling infrastructure
    • Exhibit 1 – Pay TV roll outs by State
    • Exhibit 2 – 1880: Overhead cable: an eyesore

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Number of pages 10

Status Archived

Last updated 14 Apr 2004
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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