[AusNOG] Telstra to be split?
luke at sisgroup.com.au
Tue Sep 15 12:24:39 EST 2009
THE Rudd Government has introduced major changes to telecommunications
laws, including the separation of Telstra.
"Today we are delivering historic reforms in Australia's long term
national interest," Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said this
"The Government will require the functional separation of Telstra,
unless it decides to voluntarily structurally separate."
Telstra has been given the choice of voluntarily separating its
infrastructure and retail arms in a manner approved by the competition
If it chooses not to, the legislation will let the Government impose
rules on the way it operates.
The rules include making sure Telstra charges other companies a fair
price to access its network.
Telstra will also be prevented from moving into advanced wireless
broadband unless it separates and divests its cable broadband and
"These reforms will address Telstra's high level of integration to
promote greater competition and consumer benefits," Senator Conroy said.
• More: Coverage at The Australian
• Conroy to enforce Telstra break-upThe Australian, 15 Sep 2009
• Rudd to break up TelstraDaily Telegraph, 15 Sep 2009
• Telstra to be broken upThe Australian, 15 Sep 2009
• Conroy lays path for Telstra splitAustralian IT, 15 Sep 2009
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The changes, included in an update to the Telecommunications Act, will
be tabled in Parliament today.
Senator Conroy said Telstra and the Government had already been in
talks about the move.
"Telstra are very constructively engaged in discussions with us
already," Senator Conroy said.
"They were very well prepared already when we had our first meeting."
The Government was flexible on how Telstra may choose to separate, he
"The Government maintains an open mind on how structural separation
may be achieved," he said.
"It may include a new company Telstra that may transfer some of its
fixed-line assets to."
Senator Conroy said previous governments of both persuasions had
failed to address telecommunications reform.
"The measures in this legislation will finally correct the mistakes of
the past," he said.
Telstra has previously strongly resisted moves to separate its
infrastructure and retail arms.
The new laws will also give more power to the competition watchdog and
the communications minister to protect consumers and issue warnings to
A new Universal Service Obligation will ensure "all people in
Australia to have reasonable access on an equitable basis to standard
It will also regulate the removal of payphones and include serious
penalties – up to $10 million – for Telstra if it fails to comply.
Finally, IMHO.. Discuss.
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