Telco, NBN failures during bushfire crisis reveal cracks in regional, rural crisis coverage

Original article by Jess Davis
The New Daily – Page: Online : 14-Jan-20

Some areas of rural and regional Australia that were impacted during the bushfire crisis lost their mobile and NBN access. Telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says the fires should serve as a ‘wake-up call’ to the government, and that a national emergency telecommunications plan is required. Budde says telecommunications infrastructure needs to be buried underground, and that the old copper network should remain in place. Federal Communications Minister Paul Fletcher notes that no communications system can completely withstand bushfires.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS

Boost Mobile and ALDImobile locked in tight race for annual satisfaction award

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 10-Dec-19

Boost Mobile is the winner of Roy Morgan’s Mobile Phone Service Provider of the Month Award for October 2019, with a customer satisfaction rating of 89%. Boost Mobile now sits equal with ALDImobile on four monthly satisfaction wins for 2019, setting up a close finish for the annual award. Boost Mobile is followed by ALDImobile (85%), TPG (79%) and Belong (79%). It is important to note that Boost Mobile is not itself a network provider but rather a ‘Mobile Virtual Network Operator’, which utilises the underlying Telstra mobile network to provide its service. When it comes to underlying mobile networks, the Vodafone network with an overall customer satisfaction rating of 77% is narrowly ahead of the Telstra network on 76% and the Optus network on 74%. These ratings have been drawn from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from in-depth face-to-face interviews with around 50,000 Australians each year in their homes.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, BOOST MOBILE, ALDIMOBILE, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM, BELONG PTY LTD

Southern Phone takes top place in Home Phone Satisfaction

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 11-Nov-19

Southern Phone has won its third consecutive Roy Morgan Home Phone Provider of the Month Award, with a customer satisfaction rating of 82% for September 2019. Southern Phone was followed by Internode on a satisfaction rating of 79%, iPrimus on 73%, iiNet on 72% and TPG on 72%. Home phone usage has consistently declined over recent years. The number of Australians aged 14+ with a home phone has dropped from 14.2 million (74.3% of the population) in 2013 to 9.4 million (45.4%) in September 2019. Meanwhile, the number of Australians with one or more mobile phones has risen over the same period, from 17.7 million (92.2%) to 19.9 million (95.9%). Australians aged 65+ have the highest proportion of home phone ownership. As a group, Australians who use Southern Phone as their home-phone provider tend to skew older than the average home-phone user. The mean age of Southern Phone customers (14+) is 57 years, compared to 53 years for home-phone users in general and 46 for Australians aged 14+ as a whole.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, SOUTHERN PHONE COMPANY LIMITED, IPRIMUS, IINET LIMITED, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM

Apple iPhone wins monthly satisfaction ratings, but Google Phone holds lead in race for the annual award

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 5-Nov-19

The Apple iPhone is the winner of Roy Morgan’s Handset Provider of the Month Award for September 2019, with a customer satisfaction rating of 92.6%. It was closely followed by Google Phone (92.5%), Motorola (92%), Samsung (89.9%) and LG (88.9%). Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says Apple iPhone has been the market leader in terms of customer satisfaction for many years, winning the past seven Roy Morgan Mobile Handset of the Year Awards. However, the strong performance of Google during 2019 may represent a changing of the guard when it comes to phone handset satisfaction with a close contest between the two brands to decide this year’s winner. These latest customer satisfaction ratings have been drawn from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from in-depth face-to-face interviews with over 50,000 Australians each year in their homes.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, APPLE INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, MOTOROLA INCORPORATED, LG ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

ACCC to investigate high cost of low speed NBN plans

Original article by James Fennessy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 19 : 15-Oct-19

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission will undertake an investigation into NBN Co’s wholesale pricing. The focus of the investigation will be on whether NBN has concentrated too much on developing products for those who want high internet access speeds at the expense of consumers who only want low internet speeds. The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network has warned that a significant section of the community will be excluded from getting an NBN service if its prices increase any further.

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NBN CO LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS CONSUMER ACTION NETWORK

Telcos cop fewer complaints but take longer to solve them

Original article by Supratim Adhikari
The Australian – Page: 20 : 25-Sep-19

Data from the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman shows that it received 132,387 complaints about telephone and internet services in 2018-19, which is 21.1 per cent lower than previously. The figures also show that just 47 per cent of escalated complaints were not resolved within 60 days, compared with 77 per cent in 2017-18. Meanwhile, 32.6 per cent of complaints received by the TIO were about fixed-line broadband services, while 30.3 per cent concerned mobile phone services.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY OMBUDSMAN LIMITED, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS

Telstra stung by go-slow on NBN

Original article by Supratim Adhikari
The Australian – Page: 19 : 3-Sep-19

NBN Co’s latest corporate plan indicates that seven million homes will have an active National Broadband Network service by 30 June 2020, compared to its previous forecast of 7.5 million. The slowdown in the number of homes being connected to the NBN will not only impact on NBN Co’s revenue forecasts but on Telstra’s as well. The telco has advised that the slowdown will reduce its revenue by about $400m.

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NBN CO LIMITED, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS

ALDImobile on top with fourth Roy Morgan monthly award in 2019

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 3-Sep-19

ALDImobile has won the Roy Morgan Mobile Phone Service Provider Monthly Customer Satisfaction Award for July 2019 with a customer satisfaction rating of 83%. ALDImobile’s rating has fallen 1% over the last year, although it has displaced former market leader Boost Mobile, whose customer satisfaction rating has fallen by 8% in the last year to 82%. Third-placed Vodafone has a customer satisfaction rating of 79%, just ahead of TPG and Belong (both on 78%). These are the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from in-depth face-to-face interviews with 1,000 Australians each week in their homes and over 50,000 each year.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, ALDIMOBILE, BOOST MOBILE, VODAFONE AUSTRALIA LIMITED, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM, BELONG PTY LTD

Google refuses to budge from top spot in mobile handset customer satisfaction

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 6-Aug-19

Google has won the Roy Morgan Mobile Phone Handset Customer Satisfaction Award for June 2019. Google received a satisfaction rating of 94%, which is a 4% increase since June 2018. It was followed by Apple iPhone (93%), Samsung (90%), LG (90%) and Motorola (90%). Google and Apple iPhone have now held first and second position respectively for eleven months straight. Of the top five brands, LG enjoyed the largest increase to its satisfaction ratings from a year ago (up 13%). However, LG’s rating has remained at around 90% for the past five months. The only decrease in ratings went to Motorola, with a 2% drop compared to a year ago.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, APPLE INCORPORATED, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS COMPANY LIMITED, LG ELECTRONICS, MOTOROLA INCORPORATED

Telstra behind high NBN prices

Original article by Supratim Adhikari
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 1-Aug-19

Telstra CEO Andy Penn has used a National Press Club speech to call for NBN Co to reduce the wholesale prices that it charges for accessing the national broadband network. He argued that the current wholesale prices means it is not profitable for telcos to resell NBN services, and that reducing these charges would encourage investment in the sector. However, Andrew Sheridan of Optus argues that the high wholesale prices are at least partly due to NBN Co’s ongoing payments to Telstra. Vodafone CEO Inaki Berroeta agrees with his comments.

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TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, NBN CO LIMITED, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, VODAFONE AUSTRALIA LIMITED