TPG-Vodafone merger victory

Original article by Jared Lynch
The Australian – Page: 19 & 24 : 14-Feb-20

Federal Court Justice John Middleton ruled on 13 February that the $15 billion merger between Vodafone and TPG should be allowed to proceed. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission had vetoed the merger in May on the grounds that it would leave market power in the hands of three big telcos, but Justice Middleton said leaving Vodafone and TPG as separate entities would not create more competition in the retail mobile market. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said the merger is likely to benefit consumers and lead to greater competition.

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TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM, VODAFONE AUSTRALIA LIMITED, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS

Optus in rugby maul as it chases new subscribers

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 24 : 14-Feb-20

Tender documents for Rugby Australia’s new five-year broadcasting rights deal will be sent to prospective bidders within days. Optus CEO Allen Lew says the telco would be interested in buying the rights, which would boost the offering of its sports streaming service. Optus Sports boasts some 825,000 active subscribers, making it the nation’s largest sports-focused streaming service. Foxtel has been Rugby Australia’s broadcast partner for 25 years, and some media reports have suggested that it will not seek to renew the rights.

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SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, OPTUS SPORTS, RUGBY AUSTRALIA, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

Kayo streaming service kicks off deal for Telstra customers

Original article by David Swan
The Australian – Page: 24 : 12-Feb-20

Telstra has secured an exclusive deal to provide its customers with discounted access to Foxtel’s Kayo Sports streaming service. New and returning Kayo subscribers who are Telstra customers will be eligible to receive a monthly discount of $10 on its basic and premium packages for 12 months. Kayo boasted 350,000 subscribers at the end of December. Telstra is the minority shareholder in Foxtel, which is controlled by News Corp.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, KAYO SPORTS, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

Warning on coverage as Rugby Australia toys with Optus deal

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich, Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 15 : 23-Dec-19

Rugby Australia commenced talks with Optus regarding a broadcasting rights deal in November, after rejecting a ‘rollover’ agreement with incumbent broadcaster Foxtel. However, WPP AUNZ director John Steedman warns that a deal with Optus would be ‘disastrous’ for rugby due to the telco’s smaller audience. He also notes that advertisers would prefer a deal with a free-to-air or pay-TV network. Atomic 212 chairman Barry O’Brien agrees that rugby should be on free-to-air or pay-TV.

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RUGBY AUSTRALIA, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, WPP AUNZ LIMITED – WPP, ATOMIC 212, ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

Disney explores local tie-ups

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 31 : 18-Nov-19

Walt Disney Company’s Australian MD Kylie Watson-Wheeler has downplayed suggestions that the global media company may seek an alliance with a local telco to offer free subscriptions to the new Disney+ streaming video service. She says Disney has had talks with telcos, but stresses that the Disney+ launch is the top priority at present. Industry sources have suggested that an alliance a telco is unlikely to occur for several months after the local launch of Disney+ on 19 November.

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WALT DISNEY COMPANY, DISNEY+, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INCORPORATED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, HULU LLC, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

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

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

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