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Australia: ACCC glad Telstra dominance has mildly decreased

 |  February 2, 2017

Telstra has ever so slightly slid backwards beyond the city in the latest Wholesale Market Indicators Report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, but the consumer watchdog is pleased with the trajectory.

According to the latest numbers ended December 31, 2016, 53.4 percent of regional customers use Telstra to connect to the National Broadband Network, compared to 55 percent of NBN users in the previous quarter. By contrast, Telstra continues to inch its market share upwards in the cities, with small increases taking its share to 41.7 percent in the inner cities, and 53.1 percent share in the outer suburbs.

“While still early days in the acquisition of services over the NBN, it is pleasing to note that competitors are making inroads into Telstra’s traditional dominance of broadband services in regional areas,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said. “The report demonstrates that competitors to Telstra are providing 47 percent of NBN services to end users in the regions, which is considerably above their traditional share of customers in these areas.

“In metropolitan areas, however, Telstra’s share of NBN services is around their traditional market share.”

This edition of the Wholesale Report marks the first time NBN’s Sky Muster satellite service and hybrid fibre-coaxial connections have been reported.

Full Content: ZD Net

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