Australia - Industry - Competition Issues - Overview of Telstra Disputes
This report provides more historical information on the myriad of disputes Telstra has engaged in to protect its market position and delay effective competition. It follows on from the Australia – Industry – Competition Issues report. Many instances are presented here of Telstra frustrating the attempts of new entrants of gaining access and operating effectively with workable billing systems, and interconnection requirements. As well as overviewing the areas of dispute, this report presents an analysis of the state of competition, Telstra’s tactics, and the road ahead for the industry.
Table of Contents
3. Minister in the firing line
4. Precarious state of affairs
4.1 Good old Aussie pork-barrelling
4.2 New Telstra-Optus duopoly
4.3 No innovations and competition
4.4 Short-term political gains
4.5 Why do we need broadband?
5. At last - the T4 campaign
5.1 The campaign
5.2 Analysis and comments
6. Back to the Dark Ages
7. Austel’s example was not continued
8. Telstra declares war on service providers
9. Ongoing battles since 1986
10. Court actions and competition notices
10.1 Billing and customer service woes
10.2 Service providers and the TIO
11. The interconnection battles
11.1 Network access
11.2 PC report 1997
11.3 Breakthrough for Optus
11.4 Telstra still uncooperative
11.5 Internet wholesale
11.6 Mobile services
11.7 Telstra’s undertakings
11.8 ACCC declares data and local call services
12. The shift to arbitration
13. Actions not in Telstra’s long-term interest
14. Secure market value at all cost
15. Where to go from here?
Exhibit 2 – Key regulatory and policy issues, as BuddeComm see them
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