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Optus - Company Overview and Operating Statistics


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Optus provides a range of communications services that include mobile, national and long-distance services, local and international telephony, business network services, internet and satellite services, subscription TV and digital media services.

The company is aiming to expand its customer base through offering new services including MeTV, an IPTV service with FetchTV. It has expanded mobile coverage in Tasmania, is refarming 2G to 3G, has launched 4G services and has signed an agreement providing interim satellite services with the National Broadband Network. These new and additional services will allow Optus to gain new subscribers across its coverage areas and extend their availability to more remote and regional communities.

The number of wireless broadband subscribers continues to grow rapidly, delivering higher data revenue. BuddeComm believes that given market saturation the rate of growth for these returns will slowly diminish. The takeover of Vividwireless from Seven Media boosted the amount of 4G spectrum available, increased the number of subscribers and consolidated market share in markets where Vividwireless operates. The restaurant review company Eatability purchased by the company in mid-2012 will add a digital media and content service flavour to Optus.

In this report we provide an overview of the main divisions within Optus, including a breakdown of key financial and operating statistics for internet, broadband, voice, The Open Network (mobile) services.

Other BuddeComm reports on Optus include:

Detailed financial information – Optus - Financial Statistics and Analysis - 2012 - 2013;
Information on the company’s networks – Optus - The Network;BuddeComm analysis of the company – Optus - Company Analysis – 2012.

Key developments:

NBN, broadband subscribers, mobile subscribers, subscription TV revenue, IPTV, cloud services, digital media services, ARPU, operating data for fiscal 2013, market developments to May 2013

Companies mentioned:

Optus, Alphawest, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, vividwireless, Eatability.


1. Synopsis
2. Company information
2.1 Overview
2.2 Company changes – 2012
3. Operating results
3.1 Key operating statistics – FY2013
3.2 Key operating statistics – FY2012
3.3 Mobile subscriber statistics
3.4 Telephony and broadband subscriber statistics
3.5 ARPU subscriber statistics
4. Financial highlights
4.1 Current year – FY2013
4.2 Past year – FY2012
5. Products and services
5.1 Divisions overview
5.2 Consumer and multimedia
5.3 Business and wholesale
5.3.1 Overview
5.3.2 Business and wholesale operating statistics
5.4 Internet and broadband services
5.4.1 Overview
5.4.2 Internet operational statistics
5.5 Optus Evolve
6. Mobile services
6.1 The Open Network overview
6.2 Services overview
6.3 Femtocell Zones
6.4 TV Now
6.5 4G LTE services
7. Major subsidiaries
7.1 Alphawest
7.2 Eatability
7.3 Uecomm
7.4 Virgin mobile
8. Network overview (separate report)
9. Company history
9.1 Brief timeline – 1992 - 2012
10. Related reports
Table 1 – Optus mobile pre/postpaid customers – breakdown by quarter – 2011 - 2013
Table 2 – Historical - Optus mobile subscribers, annual change – 1998 - 2004
Table 3 – Optus mobile subscribers, annual change – 2005 - 20013
Table 4 – Optus mobile subscribers – key operating statistics – 2008 - 2013
Table 5 – Optus consumer telephony statistics – 2008 - 2013
Table 6 – Optus mobile subscriber ARPU, acquisition cost breakdown by quarter – 2011 - 2013
Table 7 – Optus mobile ARPU per month – 2008 - 2013
Table 8 – Optus on-net ARPU – 2008 - 2013
Table 9 – Optus on-net ARPU – 2008 - 2013
Table 10 – Optus business and wholesale statistics – 2009 - 2013
Table 11 – Optus consumer internet statistics by technology – 2009 - 2013
Table 12 –Historical – Total internet subscribers (broadband and dialup) – 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2004
Table 13 – Total internet subscribers (broadband and dialup) – 2005 - 2013
Chart 1 – Overview of Optus mobile subscribers and annual change – 2001 - 2013
Chart 2 – Overview and trends of Optus mobile ARPU – 2008 - 2013
Chart 3 – Overview and trends of Optus on-net ARPU by sector – 2008 - 2013
Chart 4 – Overview of Optus business and wholesale operating statistics – 20079 - 2013
Chart 5 – Overview of Optus consumer internet statistics by technology – 2007 - 2013
Chart 6 – Overview of total internet subscribers (broadband and dialup) – 2000 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – Optus at a glance – including key results – 2013
Exhibit 2 – Optus key operational results – year end 2013

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