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Report Published: "Australia Telecommunications Report Q4 2014"

New Fixed Networks research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research


Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/28/2014 -- The Australian telecommunications industry is one of the highest value markets in the Asia Pacific region and even the world, as a result of high incomes and strong uptake of higher value services such as broadband and smartphone handsets. However, growth opportunities will be severely limited in the years ahead due to the highly saturated nature of the market. We believe that 4G offerings will take centre stage, given the proliferation of smart devices and growth in demand for high-speed data services , and should provide a boost to the near-term ARPU of mobile operators.

Key Data

- By June 2014, mobile subscriptions had reached 30.63mn, representing a penetration rate of 129.6%. Telstra continues to gain significant net additions at the expense of Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA).
- The auction of 700MHz digital dividend spectrum in May 2013 has encouraged the spread of LTE and value-added services; however, we expect strong competition and a deteriorating economy to apply downward pressure on ARPUs.
- We forecast Australia's broadband industry to receive a boost in the latter part of our forecast period when the National Broadband Network (NBN) and LTE services are widely available. The coalition's alternative NBN plan announced in April 2013 may bring this boost forward as it aims for a faster roll-out.

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Key Trends And Developments

The controversial AUD37.4bn (USD34.7bn) NBN project was thrown into disarray in September 2013, when the entire board of the state-owned NBN Company reportedly offered to resign, in response to a proposal by the new Minister of Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, to replace the previously-planned fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology with fibre-to-the-node (FTTN).

Turnbull belongs to the Liberal-National Coalition (LNC), which has opted for an alternative NBN to that favoured by the previous government of the Australian Labor Party (ALP). While the ALP proposed covering 93% of Australian...

The Australia Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Australia's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Australia Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Australia.

Key Benefits

- Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Australia to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Australian telecoms market.
- Target business opportunities and risks in Australia's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Australia.
- Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts and views, covering the ICT, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

Business Environment Rankings

BMI's Telecommunications Business Environment Rankings provides a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) in the regional telecoms market.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

- Fixed-Line Telephony - Telephone lines ('000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
- Cellular Telephony - Mobile phone subscribers ('000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; mobile phone subscribers/100 fixed line subscribers.
- Internet Markets - Internet users ('000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers ('000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

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