Australia Telecommunications Report Q1 2012

Date: January 22, 2012
Pages: 105
US$ 1,175.00
Report type: Strategic Report
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Our update on the Australian telecoms market provides the latest data from only one of the three major operators, Singapore Telecommunications’ Optus, as Telstra and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) only publish financial data and subscriber information every six months. This report does include the new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) relating to internet activity, which dates to June 2011.

After a poor performance in the second quarter of 2011, BMI calculates that Australia’s three main mobile operators gained 257,000 new subscribers during Q311, taking the total market to 28.777mn subscribers. While this is a marked improvement on the losses posted, particularly by VHA, in the second quarter of the year, BMI has revised its full year forecast for 2011 downwards as a result.

Despite the fact that Australia is a mature market and that penetration rates are well above 100%, there are still some growth areas in the mobile market, particularly in terms of data and VAS. Telstra revealed in November 2011 that it will launch LTE 4G handsets and tablets in the first quarter of 2012, to join the USB dongles that it already offers on a LTE network, while Optus has also announced its plans to launch a 4G service in Q112. Meanwhile, Internode has revealed its plans to launch a branded mobile telephone service within the next six months, while MVNO iiNet has voiced ambitions of having its own network. New data on Australia’s internet and broadband sector shows that mobile connections are now the most popular means of connecting to the internet, accounting for 44% of all connections in June 2011, compared with 41% of connections via DSL. The ABS’s figures confirm that dial-up connections are rapidly declining, and that Australians are turning to faster connection speeds.

Progress has also been made on Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project. Telstra’s shareholders voted in October 2011 to decommission its current copper-based network in order to participate in the NBN – in exchange for a payment of AUD11bn (US$11.3bn) over 30 years. Telstra is obliged to separate its operations, and the deal is subject to approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. In the same month, the NBN also revealed its 12-month construction plan for the project and in November 2011 the NBN awarded two contracts, one relating to construction and another to cables and equipments, to advance its roll-out plans. In other broadband developments, in Q411, iiNet acquired Canberra-based broadband supplier TransACT.

Data from Optus confirms a continued downward trend in terms of fixed-lines, although without additional figures from Telstra, BMI has not altered its forecasts here. Regionally, Australia regained second place in BMI’s Asia Pacific business environment ratings this quarter.
Executive Summary
SWOT Analysis
Australia Mobile SWOT
Australia Wireline SWOT
Australia Political SWOT
Australia Economic SWOT
Australia Business Environment SWOT
Business Environment Ratings
Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific Business Environment Ratings, Q411
Industry Forecast Scenario
Table: Telecoms Sector – Mobile – Historical Data & Forecasts
Table: Telecoms Sector – Mobile ARPU – Historical Data & Forecasts (AUD)
Fixed Line
Table: Telecoms Sector – Fixed Line – Historical Data & Forecasts
Table: Telecoms Sector – Internet – Historical Data & Forecasts
Market Data Analysis
Table: Australian Mobile Market, June 2011
Table: Australia 3G Market, December 2009
HSPA (35G) and LTE (4G)
Mobile Contract Wins
Table: Mobile Contract Wins
Mobile Operator Data
Table: Australia Mobile Market Overview
Vodafone Hutchison Australia
Mobile Content
Regional Outlook
Table: Selected NFC Developments, 2011
Country Outlook
Table: Telstra’s Mobile Revenue Breakdown (AUDmn)
Mobile TV
Value-Added Services Timeline
Table: Selected VAS Services
Fixed Line
Table: Telstra Fixed Lines In Service (mn)
Table: Telstra Fixed-Line Call Traffic
Dial-up and Broadband Internet Subscriptions by Technology, June 2011 (%)
Table: Australian Broadband Market, June 2009-June 2010
Naked DSL
National Broadband Network Update
Wireline Contract Wins
Table: Wireline Contract Wins
Regulatory Environment & Industry Developments
Australia: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
Legislation And Market Liberalisation
Licensing And Spectrum
Rural Development
Regulatory Developments
Competitive Landscape
Key Players
Table: Key Players – Australian Telecoms Sector
Table: Selected Operator Financial Parameters
Company Monitor
Table: HTC: Q211 Profit & Loss Indicators (TWDbn)
Operator Profiles
SingTel Optus
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA)
Regional Telecommunications Penetration Overview
Fixed Line
Table: Regional Fixed-Line Penetration Overview
Table: Regional Mobile Penetration Overview
Table: Regional Broadband Penetration Overview
Country Snapshot: Australia Demographic Data
Section 1: Population
Table: Demographic Indicators, 2005-2030
Table: Rural/Urban Breakdown, 2005-2012
Section 2: Education And Healthcare
Table: Education, 2002-2005
Table: Vital Statistics
Section 3: Labour Market And Spending Power
Table: Employment Indicators, 2001-2006
Table: Consumer Expenditure, 2000-2012 (US$)
Table: Average Annual Wages, 2000-2012
Glossary Of Terms
Table: Glossary Of Terms
BMI Methodology
How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
Table: Key Indicators For Telecommunications Industry Forecasts
Telecoms Business Environment Ratings
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Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology
Table: Ratings Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators
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