AAPT is Australia’s third largest telecommunications carrier and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telecom New Zealand, which acquired both AAPT and PowerTel and combined them under the same operating structure. AAPT has launched ADSL2+ broadband services with access speeds of up to 20Mb/s The telco continues to struggle, especially on the business side. AAPT’s new strategy focuses around the mass market bringing business offerings to home and small businesses. For more information, see chapter 1, page 1.
Amcom is a second-tier telecommunications carrier providing fibre, DSL broadband and Internet services to the corporate, wholesale, government and SME markets. Amcom is one of the best placed telcos in the Australian market with excellent prospects for future growth and remains a well managed and focused business. For more information, see chapter 2, page 22.
Austar United Communications is Australia’s second largest subscription TV operator after Foxtel. The company offers primarily digital satellite services to customers in regional and rural areas. It also offers dial-up Internet and mobile telephone services. Austar’s strategy for 2009 will be to continue to drive penetration growth in its core TV business. For more information, see chapter 3, page 31.
Foxtel is Australia’s largest subscription television provider. Telstra holds a 50% ownership stake in Foxtel, while PBL and News Corp. both share a 25% stake in the company. Foxtel has launched its second generation, High Definition PVR service called Foxtel HD+. For more information, see chapter 5, page 56.
Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) launched Australia’s first 3G network. The company has been a leader in developing new services and applications. Of particular note is its competitively priced mobile broadband plans over its HSDPA network and its X-Series Internet applications suite. Hutchison will boost its coverage to 96% of the population during 2009. For more information, see chapter 7, page 73.
Perth-based iiNet is the third largest ISP in Australia and provides broadband access, including ADSL2+; web hosting, and VoIP services. iiNet has its own DSLAM access equipment already deployed in over 300 exchanges. Naked DSL has been a particular success for the telco and are now around 60% of iiNet’s total sales. The service is not only delivering new revenues but also increasing usage of VoIP. For more information, see chapter 8, page 87.
Macquarie Telecom is a supplier of ICT for the business and government markets. It provides a range of voice, data, mobile and hosting solutions to over 3,000 corporate and government customers. Macquarie’s current focus is to drive profitable growth through leveraging changes in communications technology for medium to large sized business and government customers. For more information, see chapter 9, page 98.
Nextgen Networks is a telecommunications carrier that specialises in data services for Carriers, Service Providers, Government and Corporations and owns and operates Australia’s 3rd largest national fibre network. Nextgen recently acquired Silk Telecom, which substantially enhances Nextgen’s metro fibre footprint in Vic, SA and WA. For more information, see chapter 10, page 108.
People Telecom’s strategy and differentiation in the marketplace is to act as a ‘one stop shop’ for SMEs, providing a full range of voice and data products, on a unique integrated delivery platform. For more information, see chapter 11, page 115.
Primus Telecommunications Australia
Primus Telecommunications Australia is a facilities-based total service provider offering local, domestic and international telephony, data, ADSL, ADSL2+, web hosting, VPNs and mobile services. Primus has begun upgrade of its fibre-optic network which will offer customers speeds as high as 10Gb/s. For more information, see chapter 12, page 124.
Soul is a provider of IP telecommunications and multimedia services in the Australian marketplace. Services including voice, Internet and data solutions are provided to a customer base ranging from the consumer market through to the SME, corporate and government sectors. Time will tell if its recent acquisitions of ISPs TPG and Chariot will give it any market traction. For more information, see chapter 13, page 133.
Unwired currently provides a type of proprietary pre-WiMAX wireless broadband Internet services to the residential, SOHO and SME markets. Having initially targeted an early 2008 rollout for mobile WiMAX, Unwired has now pushed back plans to 2009. For more information, see chapter 15, page 153.
Vodafone Australia the third largest mobile carrier in Australia after Telstra and Optus and remains in its position that it basically has had for the last 15 years. It has been unable to catch up with the big two, with its market share of both mobile subscribers and overall mobile service revenues hovering around the 16% to 17% mark, for the past couple of years. BuddeComm predicts that this market share will remain fairly stable in 2009 and 2010. For more information, see chapter 16, page 163.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
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