Australia - Fifth anniversary of the Telecoms Act (2002)

Synopsis

On the first of July 2002 the industry ‘celebrated’ the fifth anniversary of the deregulation of the Australian telecommunications market. Many new service providers operate in the market in 2002, and many call prices have fallen since 1997. Usage has also increased considerable, suggesting that the market forces of demand and supply have met satisfactorily. However, this report takes a more critical review of the industry, including the regulatory environment and the market operators, suggesting that much can still be done. A range of converging sub-sectors are also addressed, including the local loop, broadband, cable TV, digital TV, investments, and of course competition.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Telcos: bottleneck in customer services
    • 2.1 Deregulation celebrations
    • 2.2 Remove the blinkers
    • 2.3 Telstra initiatives
    • 2.4 Vodafone initiatives
  • 3. Analysis on the state of competition – Mid 2002
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Ongoing monopolies
    • 3.3 Complex and over-regulated
    • 3.4 No comprehensive regulatory regime
    • 3.5 Regulations preventing competition
  • 4. ACCC assessment of competition – mid 2002
    • 4.1 Regulator remains cautious on Telco competition
    • 4.2 Telecommunications competitive safeguards
    • 4.3 Changes in prices of telecommunications services
    • 4.4 Telstra's price control compliance
  • 5. In-depth analysis of the various issues
    • 5.1 Wholesale contracting
    • 5.2 No national infrastructure competition
    • 5.3 Failed business models from new telcos
    • 5.4 The broadband drip-feed
    • 5.5 MNP did not stimulate competition
    • 5.6 Ongoing disputes and delaying tactics
    • 5.7 Local loop and ADSL
    • 5.8 Investment black hole
      • 5.8.1 Telstra crying wolf
      • 5.8.2 Niche investments
      • 5.8.3 Telstra’s $4 billion profits
      • 5.8.4 Searching for solutions
      • 5.8.5 Change or else…….
  • 6. IT&T policies to replace telecom policies
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Digital TV – information highway for those who don’t have a PC
    • 6.3 Broadband infrastructure – key to knowledge-based society
    • 6.4 Cable TV – open up opportunities for regional Australia
    • 6.5 Local loop – providing choice to consumers
    • 6.6 Telecommunications a $90 billion industry by 2010
    • 6.7 Mobile communications – the voice network by customer choice
  • 7. 2001 black year for competition
    • 7.1 Re-monopolisation
    • 7.2 The end of OneTel
    • 7.3 The end of WorldxChange
    • 7.4 Problems for PowerTel and UECom
    • 7.5 Regulations failed competitors
  • 8. Related reports

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Last updated 24 Jul 2002
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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