Australia - Competition Issues - 2006


In this report we argue for the abandoning, or at least lessening, of the regulation of traditional voice telco services. Too much time and effort is being wasted on this. Instead, let us concentrate on proactive competition policies that will see the rapid deployment of broadband, VoIP, NGN, triple play and the convergence of technologies, media and companies to deliver the next level of telecommunications products and services. The situation has dramatically deteriorated during 2005- 2007 and several companies are fighting for survival.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The end of competition in Australia
    • 2.1 Political focus is on the wrong problems
    • 2.2 Why should we bother?
    • 2.3 Competition dying in front of our eyes
    • 2.4 Government deliberately lets Telstra play games with the regulator
    • 2.5 Telco march to Canberra
    • 2.6 Am I exaggerating?
  • 3. The only regulatory certainty is that it takes years.
  • 4. Metro competition undermined
  • 5. The big telco policy confusion
  • 6. Telstra is upset
  • 7. Regulatory environment
    • 7.1 Let’s abandon traditional telco regulations
    • 7.2 Australia’s rear mirror vision
    • 7.3 Flag falls, distance and time
    • 7.4 Triple play, flat rates: focus on new applications
    • 7.5 Efficiency cost savings on capex – 90%
    • 7.6 Untapped economic benefits
  • 8. Now is the time for the industry to unite
  • 9. Competition brings benefits
  • 10. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 - Triple play pricing examples

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Last updated 25 Jul 2007
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Analyst: Stephen McNamara

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