Competition in the Australian telecommunications sector

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its 2015-16 report on competition in the Australian telecommunications sector and price changes for Australian telecommunications services on 8 March 2017.

                                                                            The report reindexlates to the 2015-16 financial year and is so dated, but does provide some useful insights. In releasing the report, the Chair of the ACCC, Rod Sims, noted that consumer demand, particularly the increasing consumer appetite for data, is driving changes in the sector. Generally prices for services have fallen in real terms, but internet services prices have increased. Although some consumers may be paying more for internet services, the report states data allowances significantly increased over the year. The ACCC also found that the market for retail services is competitive, notwithstanding some industry consolidation and the ongoing transition to new cost structures. On enforcement issues, the ACCC warned industry participants the telecommunications sector will be a key focus for the ACCC’s consumer protection activities in 2017.

Further comments on key competition issues raised in the report, the consumer protection action taken by the ACCC in 2015-16 and upcoming regulatory action to be aware of are set out below.

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The report shows the increasing importance of services provided over the National Broadband Network (NBN), as NBN service connections doubled over the year and have increased even further since that time. As at the end of June 2016, there were approximately 1.1 million activated NBN services. These services were predominantly in regional areas and used almost exclusively for residential services. As at April 2017, there were approximately 2 million activated services, with services provided in urban areas increasing. The changing nature of the end users (including a higher proportion of businesses) now connecting to the NBN may result in changes to market structure, arising from the types of services demanded and impacts on the service provider market.

Competition in the provision of services supplied over the NBN is a key issue. The ACCC’s review indicates that Telstra (48%), TPG, which incorporates iiNet (26%), Optus (14%) and Vocus, which incorporates M2 (6%) are the main acquirers of wholesale NBN access services. This reflects the relative shares of those providers across the fixed line market generally, as these four providers are the dominant providers in this sector.

As at 30 June 2016, 94% of Australians had access to three 4G mobile networks (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone). Although the OECD has recently expressed the view that Australia should have four mobile networks to further improve competition, the existence of three networks with such broad coverage means there is significant competition in the mobile services market for most Australians. In the mobile handset services market, Telstra is the dominant provider (with a 45% share of the market), followed by Optus and Vodafone (27% and 18% respectively).

The ACCC believes that competition in the retail market has been resilient, with market shares remaining stable, though there have been shifts in the wholesale markets, not only arising from migration to the NBN but also as a result of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) moving between mobile networks.

For More Information:- Angela Flannery

17th edition of Telecommunication and Media World Symposium

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The opening ceremony of the Symposium was made by Jerzy Kalinowski (Chairman of the Advisory Boards of Telecommunications and Media World Symposium, Partner, Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications in Poland and CEE, KPMG in Poland). Invited Guest of Honor who opened the first day was Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski (Executive Secretary, European Telecommunications Satellite Organization EUTELSAT IGO).

This year’s edition of Symposium was full of important and current topics relative to media market, telecommunication, e-commerce, new technologies and gaming. Representatives of business and central government brought participants closer to issues connected with Polish TV market, analyzing possible scenarios for its development. The discussion also covered the prospects for the evolution of the advertising market in our country. Speakers also responded to current questions about the international expansion of Polish telecommunications companies – are we going to have a chance to expand globally? Due to the unavoidable digitization of the business, the participants learned about the opportunities and risks associated with this process and the expectations of digital consumers with regard to telecoms, media and digital service providers. The subject of regulating the telecommunications and media world also came to prominence during this year’s Symposium, bringing the latest reforms of the European Union in this area. Looking ahead, experts discussed about future technologies, AI, VR, AR, and 5G networks.

In the 17th edition of the symposium took part, among others. Witold Kołodziejski – Chairman of The National Broadcasting Council, Bartosz Skwarczek – CEO, G2A, Grażyna Piotrowska-Oliwa – President of the Management Board, Virgin Mobile Polska ,Robert Bednarski –Managing Director for CEE, Facebook, Aleksander Kutela – CEO, Grupa Onet, Andrzej Matuszyński – President of the Management Board, Eurozet, Maciej Stanecki – Board Member, Telewizja Polska, Jarosław Kordalewski –Vicepresident of the Board, NC+, Dariusz Andrian – CEO, VML Poland, Paweł Karłowski – General Manager for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS, BT Global Services, British Telecom CEE, Dariusz Dąbski – President of the Board, TV Puls, Włodzimierz Schmidt – President of the Management Board, IAB Polska.

The crowning of the first day of the 17th edition of the World Telecommunication and Media Symposium was the Great Gala of Golden and Crystal Antennas, which gave the most important awards in the industry for its achievements in 2016. We would like to present to you the winners of this year’s competition.

The Golden Antennas of the World of Telecommunications in particular categories received:

  • Man of the Year – Jørgen Bang-Jensen – President of the Board, P4 – for consistent action leading to Play’s network growing presence in the Polish telecommunications market. In addition, for the stable operation of the Management Board and customer policy, which is reflected in an increasing number of network subscribers.
  • Company of the Year – Orange Polska S.A. – for the multi-dimensional campaign and Orange Fiber service. Orange Polska Company is constantly involved in the implementation of the Digital Agenda and cooperation with governmental administration, which contributes to the large-scale broadband demand.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – UPC Polska for THINK BIG – THINK BIG has become a gateway to global growth for many small businesses and startups. Participants make new contacts, attract the attention of investors and the most important media, tracking business trends. THINK BIG not only inspires, but also really supports entrepreneurs in brave thinking about their business.

The Crystal Antennas of the World of Media in particular categories received:

  • Company of the Year – G2A – for comprehensive action, leading to building the fastest growing computer game sales platform in the world. By creating an ecosystem of modern services, the number of clients is constantly increasing. There are over 1 million transactions per month, and over 70 million users visit the site each quarter.
  • Man of the Year – Ewa Minge – for brave and consistent implementation of high standards in communicating people in the public sphere and for helping the sick and needy, using the media. Ewa Minge is an authority on the media market in effective and transparent communication of socially sensitive subjects.
  • News Program of the Year – “Facts” broadcast by TVN – for professional and objective information, through which Facts became the most viewed information program in the country. Facts daily provide reliable and extensive information from Poland and from the World, inspired by respected journalists and experts.

The Leader of The New Media:

  • Bloger of the Year – Spider’s Web Blog, Przemysław Pająk – For providing the service, which is an opinion-forming source of information and analysis on the technology market. The blog is characterized by extraordinary quality, as well as text based on opinion and knowledge. Creates new quality in the Polish blogosphere.
  • Youtuber of the Year – Abstrachuje (Robert Pasut, Rafał Masny, Czarek Jóźwik) – for the channel, which has been the leader of new media in Poland for years. Every production is a sure success. Unpatched, they are producers, is the last hit of the internet. This is not the talent for new media, it’s the talent to create them.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the central public administration, the regulator and the top management of the telecommunications industry and the media. Grand Gala was led by Marcin Prokop and our special guest was Jacek Stachursky.

For More Information:- Agata Wolny

 

One Million Internet Users Created This Piece of Art

On April Fool’s Day, Reddit gave its anonymous users a blank canvas, 72 hours and an instruction: to place colored tiles anywhere on a space measuring 1,000 by 1,000 pixels. The only catch? Users had to wait a few minutes before adding each new tile. What followed was chaotic, dramatic art creation by collaboration.

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The blog subscript chronicles the life and times of “Place,” as the space was called, with some reverence: “The story of Place is an eternal story, about the three forces that humanity needs to make art, creation, and technology possible”

A time lapse gif of the canvas shows the space quickly overcome by brightly colored pixels. Swaths of colorblue, red, and an encroaching black that seeps through the space like spilled inkovertake portions of the picture and then subside. Diagonal rainbow stripes crisscross and then recognizable images appear and grow more refined.

For More Information:- Marissa Fessenden