Australia - Industry Analysis - State of the Industry 1st Quarter 2004


The telecommunications industry got off to an interesting and turbulent start in 2004. The main developments of the first few months are examined in this report – the broadband war between Telstra and the rest of the industry, and the government’s continuing push for privatisation. Telstra also provided some good material for analysis, with a number of announcements regarding proposed and actual acquisitions. Mobile price regulation is discussed, since this can’t be far off. Paul Budde reports on his meeting with Foxtel, and he needs some help with the broadbanding of Bucketty!

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The Broadband War
    • 2.1 Price dumping and the ACCC reaction
    • 2.2 Price dumping and the reaction from clever competitors
    • 2.3 Resale vs. infrastructure based competition
  • 3. Broadband Politics
    • 3.1 No new intitiatives from the new minister
    • 3.2 Policies to beef-up Telstra
    • 3.3 NOEI disappoints
    • 3.4 Victorian Government rejects National Broadband Strategy
    • 3.5 National Strategy avoids the key issues
  • 4. Fibre-to-the-Home
  • 5. Foxtel
    • 5.1 Meeting with Kim Williams
    • 5.2 Impressive digital product
    • 5.3 Final verdict.
  • 6. Telstra in panic mode?
    • 6.1 The broadband panic button
    • 6.2 The acquisition panic button.
      • 6.2.1 Trading Post good move for Sensis
  • 7. Fixed-to-mobile rates
  • 8. Customer service
  • 9. Who wants to help me Broadbanding Bucketty?

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Last updated 18 Jun 2004
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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