Split decision: Telstra’s carve-up plan comes 23 years too late for competition and customers

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 05:42:53 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Telstra’s plan to split into three entities is the most radical
shake-up of Australia’s largest telecommunications company since the
Howard government began privatising it in 1997.

But as David Hetherington, a senior fellow at progressive think tank Per
Capita, has suggested, it comes 23 years too late.

In privatising a public monopoly – controlling the copper wires and
other infrastructure – the Howard government created a perfect storm for
imperfect competition. It meant Telsta competed against other telcos to
which it provided critical infrastructure services – hardly an ideal

With the politicised and botched roll-out of the National Broadband
Network, the market has become even murkier."

Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure was mishandled by
neoliberal politicians at every opportunity.

        *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

Comment via email

Home E-Mail Sponsors Index Search About Us