Australia - Review Telecoms Regulations 2000 - 2002


In 2000 the Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to review the telecommunications specific regulations of the country. This was followed by an inquiry, a draft report and a final report. A range of issues were brought forward and are analysed. Also the views of other players in the market are covered.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. PC to review telecoms specific regulations
  • 3. Analysis of the inquiry
  • 4. The Draft Report (analysis)
    • 4.1 Telstra and Optus: 86% market share of industry revenues
    • 4.2 Conclusion: the current regime doesn’t work
    • 4.3 More efficiency less effectiveness
    • 4.4 The access regime
    • 4.5 Telstra gets the free reign
  • 5. The Minister’s initial response
  • 6. The Final PC Report
    • 6.1 Key points of the final PC report
    • 6.2 Key recommendations:
    • 6.3 Analysis of telecommunications issues in the PC Report
    • 6.4 Analysis of pay TV issues in PC Report
    • 6.5 Response by Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications’ (MCT)
      • 6.5.1 Telstra’s complete control of the industry
      • 6.5.2 Too late for structural separation?
      • 6.5.3 More pros than cons
      • 6.5.4 No real other alternative
    • 6.6 ATUG’s response
      • 6.6.1 Telecoms is a utility
      • 6.6.2 Balance between national interest and shareholders value
      • 6.6.3 Key issues
  • 7. The Minister’s response to the final report

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Last updated 24 Jul 2002
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Analyst: Lucia Bibolini

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