Australia - Outcomes & recommendations of privatisation roundtable

Synopsis

An industry Roundtable in Sydney (November 2004) titled The Privatisation of Telstra are you ready? came up with three key regulatory issues that would be achievable within the political reality of the Australian telecoms market today: (i) stronger accounting separation rules, to properly separate wholesale from retail; (ii) more regulatory powers (including encouraging the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to be more courageous in using the powers it already has); and (iii) a further strengthening of the government’s commitment to the future-proofing of the regional telecoms infrastructure. This report also looks at Britain’s Ofcom report on telecommunications reform as a potential guide for Australia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Recommendations
  • 3. Privatisation of Telstra (T3)
  • 4. Competition
  • 5. ACCC firm stand is paying off
    • 5.1 Are the powers of the ACCC sufficient?
    • 5.2 A Telstra-driven structural separation?
  • 6. Industry apathy
  • 7. Structural separation
    • 7.1 Is it feasible at this stage?
    • 7.2 The British case study
    • 7.3 Incumbent remains dominant despite 20 years of regulation
    • 7.4 Equivalence
    • 7.5 BT remains on notice
    • 7.6 Ofcom Recommendations/Roundtable recommendation
  • 8. Regional telecommunications
    • 8.1 Reinvigorate Telstra Country Wide
    • 8.2 HiBIS, a good example for further developments
    • 8.3 Competition remains fragile
    • 8.4 Regional mobile
    • 8.5 ‘Up to scratch’
    • 8.6 T3 thumbs down from NFF

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Last updated 20 Dec 2004
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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