Australia - Operational Separation (historical background)

Synopsis

The report was archived in June 2005. No other industry in Australia is so dominated by one player as the telco industry, and Telstra is one of the most dominant telcos within OECD countries. How has this situation come about since Telstra’s privatisation? Features of the operator itself are part of the story, yet other key ingredients have allowed Telstra to reach such dominance. This report considers the role of the regulatory regime in failing to foster real competition in the market, and how Telstra has use the regime to its own advantage. The focus is on the environment that has lead to the operational separation option, and the advantages of such comprehensive reform. To everybody’s surprise Telstra announced a voluntary separation in December 2004. The governments review in 2005 is heavily focused on this issue.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Separation back on the agenda – August 2004
  • 3. Next phase of competition
  • 4. Breath of fresh air from new Minister
  • 5. Under-utilised infrastructure should be unlocked
  • 6. Senate Inquiry into broadband competition
  • 7. Labor killed the Telstra Inquiry
    • 7.1 Bankers were out to kill Telstra Inquiry
  • 8. Inquiry into structural separation of Telstra
    • 8.1 Terms of Reference
    • 8.2 Comments on the Inquiry
  • 9. Analysis of structural separation – December 2001
    • 9.1 The facts
    • 9.2 Regulations have failed to deliver competition
    • 9.3 The stranglehold of a vertical integrated Telstra
    • 9.4 Are disasters needed before we see changes?
    • 9.5 Regulators will need to lift their game
    • 9.6 Structural separation under discussion
  • 10. Australian telecommunications regulations
    • 10.1 The policy context
      • 10.1.1 The complex business of deregulation
      • 10.1.2 International context
      • 10.1.3 Technological changes
      • 10.1.4 Social and economic issues
      • 10.1.5 Challenges ahead of the government
  • 11. Dealing with the consequences – Post-1997
    • 11.1 Introduction
    • 11.2 More problems than solutions
    • 11.3 Deteriorating services
    • 11.4 Progress on technical standards
    • 11.5 Policy shift from deregulation to privatisation
    • 11.6 Mid-1999 amendments to the Act
    • 11.7 The Besley Report
    • 11.8 National Communications Fund
  • 12. The broader issues of deregulations
    • 12.1 Structural issues in telecommunications
    • 12.2 Different models of regulation
    • 12.3 Possible regulatory improvements
      • 12.3.1 Access regulation
      • 12.3.2 Ownership separation
      • 12.3.3 Club ownership
      • 12.3.4 Operational separation
      • 12.3.5 Accounting, functional and corporate separation
    • 12.4 The advantages of structural separation
      • 12.4.1 Vertical integrated companies benefits from delaying tactics
      • 12.4.2 The Telstra Example 1
      • 12.4.3 The Telstra Example 2
      • 12.4.4 International benchmarks
    • 12.5 Conclusions
  • 13. Structural separation of TransACT
  • 14. Related reports

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Last updated 1 Jun 2005
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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