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Australia - The Incumbent Carrier, Dominance

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Last updated: 6 Sep 2004 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 10

Analyst: Paul Budde


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.

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