Australia Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 15 Jun 2022 Update History

Report Pages: 233

TPG and Telstra sign network sharing deal

The Australian telecom market since 2020 has been considerably impacted by the pandemic, which forced many people to school and work from home and thus adopt fixed-line broadband services. Internet traffic, both fixed and mobile, increased substantially as a result.

In the fixed sector, there is an ongoing migration from copper-based platforms to fibre. This has been encouraged by NBN Co having greatly increased the number of premises migrated from hybrid fibre/copper infrastructure to FttP. This process is continuing, and by the end of 2023 NBN Co expected to deliver a 1Gb/s service across 75% of its fixed-line network. In addition, the extension of fixed wireless access will mean that up to 120,000 premises currently dependent on satellite broadband will be able to access 5G-based fixed services.

Penetration in the fixed-line market has been falling steadily over the past five years. A major reason for this is the dominance of the mobile segment and the growth of mobile broadband. The market is predicted to further decline over the next few years as both mobile and mobile broadband penetration continue to increase.

There has been some consolidation in the market through the merger of the key players VHA and TPG, as also a number of acquisitions involving fixed-line suppliers. The second-tier market continues to grow strongly although it has eased off to some degree.

Within the Australian fixed broadband market, there is a dynamic shift among customers to fibre networks. This infrastructure is being built out by NBN Co (also known as nbn), the company responsible for deploying the national broadband network, which is based on a multi-technology mix including VDSL, fibre, HFC, fixed wireless, and satellite. The DSL sector is steadily shrinking as customers are migrated to the NBN, while subscribers on HFC infrastructure will continue to be provided by existing cable within the NBN’s multi-technology mix, though also with a steady migration to full fibre connectivity.

The mobile market is dominated by the three MNOs Telstra, Optus, and TPG Telecom. These offer LTE services on a wholesale basis, thus encouraging growth in the LTE sector, while also deploying services based on 5G. Optus and (since mid-2022) Telstra provide 5G access to their MVNOs.

Key developments:

  • Vocus Group agrees to $3.5 billion takeover offer from a consortium comprising MIRA and Aware Super;
  • TPG and Telstra sign ten-year agreement to share network assets;
  • TPG Telecom sells its remaining tower portfolio for A$950 million;
  • ACMA concludes 850/900MHz auction;
  • $811.8 million is assigned by the government for mobile blackspot schemes;
  • Southern Cross NEXT cable system lands at Sydney;
  • ACCC proposes changes to the SAU governing NBN Co’s wholesale pricing, extending the remit to FttN and copper-based connections;
  • 99% of premises can access fixed broadband with minimum speeds of 25Mb/s;
  • Oman Australia Cable on target for completion by mid-2022;
  • Report update includes operator data to Q1 2022, regulator’s market data updates, recent market developments.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

42-24, AARNET, Aldi Mobile, amaysim, Austar, ACCC, ACMA, Aware Super, Basslink Telecoms, Bechtel, Boost Mobile, BTB Australia, Fibercorp, H2 Cable, Hawaiki Submarine Cable, Hayu, Hulu, iiNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Inmarsat, Kogan, Lebara Mobile, Linfox, LoRa Alliance, M2, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), Macquarie Telecom, NBN Co, New Skies Satellite, O3b, Omantel, OneWeb, OPENetworks, OptiComm, OPT-NC, Optus, Ovo Mobile, PCCW, Pivit, Primus, RedTrain, SingTel, Softbank, SpaceX, Spark New Zealand, TasNetworks, Telstra, Thinxtra, TPG Telecom, TransACT, Uniti Group, Unwired, VHA, Viasat, Virgin Mobile, Vocus

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