Australia - The Incumbent Carrier, Dominance


Telstra came into being in the early 1990s, resulting from the merger of the pre-existing Telecom Australia and OTE. As incumbent, it did not face real competition until the entry of Optus in 1992. By the time Telstra was partly privatised in 1997, it was still the dominant operator. Years later, the former state monopoly still dominates the market across fixed and wireless industries, infrastructure and Internet connectivity. This report overviews the competition framework imposed on the industry, including the ACCC’s competition notices.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Spare a thought for the poor 800-pound gorillas
    • 2.1 It all started with the FUD campaigns
    • 2.2 And now there is the ‘poor me’ game
    • 2.3 Australian case study
    • 2.4 Results of anti-competitive behaviour
    • 2.5 Structural separation debates are overdue
    • 2.6 We need effective competition to stimulate innovation
  • 3. Telstra beyond regulations
  • 4. Monopolies must be broken up
  • 5. Anti-competitive conduct
    • 5.1 Vertical integration or functional companies?
  • 6. The competition notices
    • 6.1 May 1998 – Internet market
    • 6.2 August 1998 – customer transfer process
    • 6.3 September 2001 - ADSL wholesale pricing
    • 6.4 March 2004 - ADSL wholesale pricing #2
    • 6.5 The effectiveness of the competition notices
  • 7. Market dominance (historical overview)
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Telstra retail market shares - 2003

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Last updated 6 Sep 2004
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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