Australia - Regulations - Developments in 2004

Synopsis

The telco agenda for 2004 continued to be regulation-driven rather than competition-driven. This report details the fiery start of 2004 with Telstra accused of ant-competitive behaviour and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) again pointing towards structural changes. The effect of the Telecommunications Act 2002 and the initiatives subsequently undertaken by the ACCC are discussed in their reports published in mid-2004.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. End of year analysis – 2004
    • 2.1 Pre T3 recommendations
    • 2.2 Are the powers of the ACCC sufficient?
  • 3. Regulatory update – mid-2004
  • 4. Lower licensing costs for smaller carriers
  • 5. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) regulations
    • 5.1 Sensible VoIP approach to ‘000’
  • 6. Regulations have not delivered the level of promised level of competition
    • 6.1 ACCC on status of competition in 2004
    • 6.2 Reports highlight competition problems
    • 6.3 Competitive Safeguards Report – 2004
    • 6.4 Prices paid for telecommunications services – 2004
      • 6.4.1 Mobile changes
    • 6.5 Telstra’s compliance with the price control arrangements – 2004
  • 7. Telstra-Optus wholesale deal
    • 7.1 The deal
    • 7.2 Looking behind the access deal
    • 7.3 Telstra winning in pricing negotiations
    • 7.4 Broadband the next battle ground
  • 8. ACcc and Telstra’s price squeezing tactics - analysis
    • 8.1 Telstra put on notice
    • 8.2 Price dumping and the ACCC reaction
    • 8.3 Price dumping and the reaction from clever competitors
    • 8.4 Resale vs infrastructure-based competition
    • 8.5 ACCC proposes new line sharing charge
  • 9. Related reports

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Number of pages 11

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Last updated 31 May 2005
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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