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Australia - Telco Company Profiles - 2nd Tier


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Australia - Telco Company Profiles - 2nd Tier

Consolidation in the 2nd tier telco market continues

The second tier Australian telco market has seen further significant consolidation over the past year. A process that is set to continue over coming years. Moving towards a structurally separated regulatory environment with a NBN at the horizon, size really does matter. Macquarie Telecom, iiNet, M2 Telecom and TPG continue to report strong revenue growth.

Telstra’s aggressive activities to increase its market share, particularly in the mobile and broadband sectors continues to have a significant impact. This has been detrimental to a number of 2nd tier players, reflected in declining revenue in sectors including fixed and mobile voice. However, there was an overall recovery in total revenue among most players in 2015. This has partly been the result of greater efficiencies gained by increased scale brought about by market consolidation. Overall revenue for these operators, of about $4 billion in 2015, still accounts for less than 10% of the total telecoms market in Australia, but the proportion is growing in the face of flagging revenue from both Vodafone and Optus.

In late 2015 M2 accepted a merger offer from Vocus to merge. It will create Australias fourth-largest telecommunications company and the third-largest in New Zealand. The combined Vocus/M2 company is a welcome strengthening of the competitive environment in Australia following Vocus’ acquisition by Amcom in mid-2015. The telecoms market has developed more and more into a utilities market, and in such markets size matters. It will allow the combined entity to be more efficient and more effective.

TPG has been growing from strength to strength and after its successful acquisition of iiNet is now in the top three of the Australian telecoms market. TPG now has the largest data network and voice network after Telstra, the largest fully converged voice, video and data IP-based access network in regional Australia, and the largest voice-enabled IP network. With an efficient and cost effective business model, TPG remains one of the most successful competitors in the competitively priced residential broadband market. Its cost structure and low exposure to legacy high-margin products allows it to be aggressive on price and thus win market share. This has resulted in consistently strong organic earnings growth and at the same times enjoys one of the highest margins in the industry.

M2 (Vocus)

M2 Telecommunications Group Limited is Australia’s largest independent provider of fixed-line, mobile and data telecommunications services. The company also provides fixed-line and mobile services in New Zealand. M2 has shown consistent growth both through organic growth and strategic acquisitions including the acquisition of CallPlus, People Telecom, Commander Communications, AUSTAR Mobile, Primus Telecommunications, Dodo and Eftel. In 2015 M2 signed a 15-year deal with Telstra Wholesale for NBN backhaul that will allow it to reach all 121 NBN points of interconnect.

M2 has indicated that it may invest further in the energy sector, taking advantage of deregulated markets and the low customer acquisition cost advantages held by Dodo Energy. In late 2015 M2 accepted a merger offer from Vocus to merge. While the TPG/iiNet merger brought two similar companies together, and as such potentially reduced the number of players in the market, the Vocus/M2 combination brings two different companies together – one operating in the business market and one operating in the retail market. This will allow the companies to share resources and attract better deals from the various ICT (wholesale) providers they do business with.

TPG Telecom (iiNet)

TPG Telecom Limited provides telecoms and multimedia services in the Australian marketplace. In August 2015 TPG acquired local ISP iiNet which had developed into one of the largest DSL providers in Australia. TPG is now Australias second-biggest provider of fixed-line broadband in Australia. Services including voice, internet and data solutions are provided to a customer base ranging from the consumer market through to small and medium enterprises, corporate and government sectors. iiNet delivers a wide range of telecom services including fixed-voice, mobile and broadband services, business data housing and cloud-based services, VoIP and IPTV. The company manages a significant DSL and FttP network.

The company is delivering an extensive FttB service to apartment buildings in capital cities, offering broadband at 100Mb/s at a price which undercuts existing offers from rival ISPs. Through its PIPE Networks division the company has a strong position in the backhaul market, which gives it the option to link directly to all or most of the 121 NBN POIs. It has the potential to explore its own wholesale opportunities as well, providing the company with an extra competitive advantage over rivals such as Optus, and Vocus/M2.

Foxtel

FOXTEL is the largest subscription television provider in Australia, offering over 200 viewing channels. The subscription TV (STV) industry as a whole in Australia has had to deal with increased digital TV coverage areas and the subsequent growth in the number of FTA channels, as well as more widespread Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) services from the growing availability of faster broadband services. The company hopes to expand its services, launching a triple-play bundle of TV, broadband and telephony service with the latter two services resulting from a wholesale agreement with Telstra. FOXTEL has also moved into the IPTV arena in an effort to increase subscriber availability options. FOXTEL has also moved into the IPTV arena in an effort to increase subscriber availability options. The Presto SVoD TV service was launched in early 2015.

Amcom

Amcom is a second-tier telecommunications carrier providing fibre, DSL broadband, data centre, IP voice solutions, internet services. It also offers training services to the consumer, corporate, wholesale, government and Small and Medium Enterprise markets. Amcom was acquired by Vocus in mid-2015. The Western Australia-based company has good prospects for future growth, and remains a well-managed and focused business. Amcom has constructed over 2,000km of high-speed fibre optic networks in Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide. It has seven data centres in its own right, while its network connects to 71 centres in the capital cities. The network provides access to around 80% of business premises in these cities.

Macquarie Telecom

Macquarie Telecom is an integrated telco providing a full range of hosting, data, voice and mobile services to the business and government market. It also offers a range of cloud services including security, storage, backup-as-a-service and virtual hosting / data centre services. Macquarie’s two key target markets are Australian mid-size corporates and the government sector. A third data centre, in Canberra bolstered the company’s hosting and cloud-based services, which remain the main focus of its strategy for growth. In mid-2015 Macquarie Telecom completed sold its Intellicentre 2 datacentre to Keppel DC, a Singapore real estate investment trust.

Nextgen Networks

Nextgen Networks (Nextgen) is a licensed telecommunications carrier and the company specialises in data services for carriers, service providers, government and corporations. The company was also awarded an RSP license for the NBN Co trial areas. Nextgen owns and operates one of Australia’s largest national fibre networks, of over 19,000km of fibre rings. It also operates data centre assets in all capital cities. A majority share of Leighton Holdings’ telecom assets was sold in mid-2013 to a Canadian pension fund, and was subsequently rebranded as Nextgen Group Holdings. The fibre network runs between the country’s principal capital cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin and has links to nodes in regional cities and centres. The company has an extensive national Virtual Private LAN Service switched data network, the first such in Australia. The VPLS network allowed the company to become a full data service provider to the broader Australian market.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • REVENUE STATISTICS - 2ND TIER TELCOS
    • SERVICE REVENUES AND MARKET SHARES
      • Total market by major service
      • Total market by major players
        • Table Second-tier telcos - revenue by provider - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Second-tier telcos - revenue by major provider - annual change - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Second-tier telcos - revenue by major provider - relative market shares - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Second-tier telcos - revenue by provider (historic) - 2004 - 2007
        • Table Second-tier telcos - revenue by major provider (historic) - relative market shares - 2004 - 2007
  • AMCOM TELECOMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
    • COMPANY INFORMATION
      • Overview
        • Table Amcom Telecommunications Limited (Amcom) at a glance
    • COMPANY ANALYSIS
      • Well defined strategies
      • Independence from others
      • National broadband network (NBN)
    • FINANCIAL RESULTS - HISTORICAL
      • Year 2014
      • Year 2013
      • Year 2012
      • Year 2011
      • Financial statistics - historical
        • Table Amcom - operating revenue - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Amcom - key financial indicators - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Amcom - EPS - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Amcom revenue by service division - 2004 - 2013
        • Table Amcom revenue by service division - 2012 - 2014
    • PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
      • Divisional overview
        • Table Amcom - overview of products and services by division
      • Amnet
      • Data Networks
    • NETWORK
      • Fibre network overview
      • SABRENet and maintenance agreement
      • Data Network Contract with Northern Territory Government
    • ACQUISITIONS, ALLIANCES AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
      • Acquisition overview
        • Table Amcom's acquisitions - 2001 - 2014
      • Amcom acquires IP Systems (IPS)
      • Amcom acquires L7 IT group
      • Partnership with BlueFire cloud services
      • AARNet collaboration
      • Megaport Acquisition
      • Subsidiary companies
        • Table Subsidiary companies
    • COMPANY HISTORY
      • Brief timeline - 1988 - 2014
  • IINET LIMITED
    • COMPANY INFORMATION
      • Overview
        • Table iiNet Limited (iiNet) at a glance
      • Change of Ownership
    • FINANCIAL RESULTS
      • Year 2015
        • Table iiNet total revenue - 2004 - 2015
        • Table iiNet key financial statistics - 2007 - 2015
        • Table iiNet ARPU by service - 2008 - 2014
      • Year 2014
      • Year 2013
      • Year 2012
      • Year 2011
        • Table iiNet total revenue (historic) - 1997 - 2003
    • OPERATING RESULTS
      • Subscriber statistics
        • Table Historic - iiNet active subscribers - 1997 - 2004
        • Table iiNet active subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table iiNet internet subscribers by type - 2007 - 2014
        • Table iiNet voice subscribers by type - 2007 - 2014
    • COMPANY ANALYSIS
    • NETWORK
      • Overview
      • DSLAM rollout
        • Table iiNet DSLAM exchanges - 2009; 2011 - 2012
      • Dark fibre
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
      • iiNet's plans for undersea network expansion taking shape
      • WiFi rollouts in Melbourne
    • ACQUISITIONS, ALLIANCES AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
      • Acquisition overview
        • Table iiNet's acquisitions - 2003 - 2014
      • Partnership with Polycom
      • Acquisition of ISP Westnet
      • Alliance with FOX Sports
      • Alliance with Hypernia
      • Alliance with Hybrid Television Services
      • Alliance with Hutchison
      • Amcom and PowerTel acquire stake in iiNet
      • Partnership with FetchTV
      • Acquisition of AAPT Consumer Division
      • Acquisition of Supernerd
      • Acquisition of TransACT
        • Table TransACT Communications Pty Ltd (TransACT) at a glance - 2011
        • Table Network FttK coverage
        • Table Broadband ISPs over TransACT network
        • Table TransACT brief company history
      • Acquisition of Internode
        • Table Internode Pty Limited (Internode) at a glance - 2012
        • Table Internode ADSL2+ statistical overview - 2006 - 2012
        • Table Internode brief company history
      • Acquisition of Adam Internet
      • Acquisition of Tech2
      • Partnership with Allseen
    • PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
      • Home and SOHO
      • Business
        • Table iiNet business revenue - 2009 - 2014
      • Reselling agreements
    • COMPANY HISTORY
      • Brief timeline - 1993 - 2014
  • MACQUARIE TELECOM
    • COMPANY INFORMATION
      • Overview
        • Table Macquarie Telecom (Macquarie) at a glance
    • FINANCIAL RESULTS
      • FY 2015
      • FY 2014
      • FY 2013
      • FY 2012
      • FY 2011
      • Operating revenues and statistical overview
        • Table Macquarie key financial indicators - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Macquarie revenue by division - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Macquarie revenue by division - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Macquarie - annual change in revenue by division - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Macquarie - revenue contribution by division - 2004 - 2014
    • COMPANY ANALYSIS
      • Leader in managed business services
      • National Broadband Network (NBN)
    • DATA NETWORK
      • Table Macquarie Telecom data network PoPs
      • Metro Access Network (MAN)
      • Mobile network
      • Partnership with Tata Communications
    • SERVICES
      • Hosting solutions
      • Telco
        • Table Macquarie - Telco division revenue and annual change - 2011 - 2015
      • Data centres
      • Macquarie Telecom Enterprise Cloud
    • COMPANY HISTORY
      • Brief timeline - 1992 - 2014
  • M2 TELECOMMUNICATIONS
    • COMPANY INFORMATION
      • Overview
        • Table M2 Telecommunications Group Limited (M2) at a glance
      • Merger with Vocus
    • COMPANY ANALYSIS
      • The Vocus/M2 merger approved by the ACCC
      • Growing the company
      • Arriving in the top ten
      • Planned restructure
    • FINANCIAL RESULTS
      • FY2015
        • Table M2 key financial parameters - 2015
      • FY2014
        • Table M2 key financial parameters - 2013 - 2014
        • Table M2 revenue by segment- FY2014
        • Table M2 revenue by product - FY2014
      • FY2013
        • Table M2 key financial parameters - 2012 - 2013
      • FY2012
      • FY2011
      • Financial statistics overview
        • Table M2 revenue makeup and annual change - 2004 - 2015
        • Table M2 key financial performance indicators - 2004 - 2015
    • SERVICES
      • Fixed-line voice
        • Table M2 voice services performance indicators - 2013 - 2015
      • Mobile
        • Table M2 mobile services performance indicators - 2013 - 2014
      • Internet
        • Table M2 internet services performance indicators - 2013 - 2014
      • Energy
        • Table M2 energy services performance indicators - 2013 - 2014
      • Brands
        • Table M2 services and target market by brand
    • PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
      • Overview
      • M2 Consumer and Business (retail)
      • M2 Wholesale
      • NBN
    • ACQUISITIONS, ALLIANCES AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
      • Acquisition overview
        • Table M2's acquisitions - 2005 - 2013
      • Acquisition CallPlus - 2015
      • Unsuccessful Bid for iiNet - 2015
      • Acquisition Dodo - 2013
      • Acquisition Eftel - 2013
      • Acquisition Primus Telecommunications - 2012
        • Table Primus Telecommunications Australia at a glance
        • Table Primus brief company history
      • Acquisition Time Group - 2012
      • Acquisition of Flextalk - 2012
      • Acquisition of AUSTAR Mobile - 2011
      • Acquisition of Clear Telecoms (M2 Clear) - 2011
      • Acquisition of Bell Networks - 2010
      • Acquisition of Clever Communications - 2010
      • Acquisition of People telecom - 2009
      • Acquisition of Commander assets - 2009
      • Acquisition of Unitel Australia - 2008
      • Acquisition of Orion Telecom - 2007
      • Acquisition of Tenex Communications - 2007
      • Acquisition of Wholesale Communications - 2007
    • COMPANY HISTORY
      • Brief timeline - 1999 - 2015
  • NEXTGEN NETWORKS PTY LIMITED
    • COMPANY INFORMATION
      • Overview
        • Table Nextgen Networks Pty Limited (Nextgen Group Holdings) at a glance
      • Background information on company ownership
      • Recent ownership developments
    • NBN - REGIONAL BACKBONE BLACKSPOTS PROGRAM (RBBP)
      • Background information
        • Table The Regional Backbone Blackspots Program - completed rollouts
    • NETWORK
      • National
        • Table Nextgen network distances and construction dates
      • International
    • PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
      • Introduction
      • High-speed internet
      • Transmission
      • Data centres
      • Customised data solutions
    • ACQUISITIONS AND ALLIANCES
      • Nextgen acquires Silk telecom (Silk)
      • Partnership with Sydney Teleport Services
    • COMPANY HISTORY
      • Brief timeline - 2000 - 2014
  • TPG TELECOM
    • COMPANY INFORMATION
      • Overview
        • Table TPG Telecom Limited (TPG) at a glance - including key results
    • COMPANY ANALYSIS
      • Competitive Analysis Profile
      • TPG the Champion of Competition
    • LATEST DEVELOPMENTS
      • TPG offers low cost mobile broadband
      • TPG moves with TrustedCloud
      • Acquires AAPT
      • Invests in Amcom
      • Secures mobile spectrum
      • Invests in subsea cable
      • TPG and the NBN
      • Wholesale fibre access offered
      • Acquisition of iiNet
      • Dark Fibre and MVNO Agreement with Vodafone Australia
    • COMPANY DIVISIONAL OVERVIEW
      • Company structure
    • NETWORK
      • Overview
      • PIPE Networks
    • FINANCIAL RESULTS
      • Year ending July 2015
      • Year ending July 2014
      • Year ending July 2013
      • Year ending July 2012
      • Year ending July 2011
      • Financial statistical overview
        • Table TPG revenue and annual change - 2001 - 2015
        • Table TPG - revenue breakdown by market segment (consumer) - 2010 - 2015
        • Table TPG - revenue breakdown by division - 2009 - 2015
        • Table TPG - broadband ARPU - 2009 - 2015
      • Operational statistical overview
        • Table TPG - broadband subscribers on/off-net and bundled - 2008 - 2015
        • Table TPG on-net versus Soul off-net home phone subscribers, annual change - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Historic - TPG versus Soul mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2015
    • PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
      • Residential services
      • Business and wholesale services
      • International connectivity
      • National infrastructure developments
    • COMPANY HISTORY
      • Brief timeline - 1999 - 2015

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