Australia - New Telcos - The Market in 2002


The failure of new telcos to embrace new business models has had disastrous consequences – the number of serious competitors has fallen from 12 in 1999, to nine in 2000 and only six in 2002, with further consolidation seen as a distinct possibility. Companies entering new industries such as the Internet, ASP and e-commerce (Web hosting, etc) have been far more successful. Although representing only a fraction of the total telecommunications industry, this market is expected to become a significant force during the 2003-2005 period. This report reviews the key issues that have led to diminishing competition and the future outlook for the telecom industry.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. New telcos are doing it tough
    • 2.1 New telcos left with the crumbs
    • 2.2 Consolidation
    • 2.3 Commodity products
    • 2.4 Telstra successfully delayed competition
  • 3. Evaporating competition
    • 3.1 Rot started in 2001
    • 3.2 Telstra model doesn’t work for their competitors
  • 4. Regulatory regime failed the industry
    • 4.1 No direction from the Minister
    • 4.2 Reluctant ACCC to use powers
    • 4.3 Key issues from the 1990s still not solved
  • 5. No Infrastructure competition
  • 6. How to proceed from here?
  • 7. New generation of telcos
  • 8. Focussing on the customer
  • 9. The traditional telco marketplace
  • 10. Historical overview
    • 10.1 Telstra took control of competition in 1996
    • 10.2 The squeeze on terms and conditions (1997)
    • 10.3 The new Act, Telstra’s ultimate victory
    • Table 1 – Overview of number of telcos – 1995 - 2002

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Number of pages 7

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Last updated 1 Sep 2002
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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