The Report’s focus is on retail services, with data gathered from the ACCC Regulatory Accounting Framework.

The Report’s data covers these Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and mobile retail services:

  • "blackberry_curve"end-user access (line rental)
  • local calls
  • domestic long distance calls
  • international calls
  • fixed-to-mobile calls
  • internet services
  • GSM [Global System for Mobile Communications] and CDMA [Code Division Multiple Access] network services.

In Explanatory Notes to the Report, the ACCC explains the statistical base for its data:

“2. Currently, only the five largest carriers (by total revenue) report under the RAF [Regulatory Accounting Framework]. These are AAPT, Optus, Primus, Telstra, and Vodafone. This means, the total market data and market shares in this report relate to these five reporting RAF carriers only and not the market as a whole. …

4. This report only provides information for certain services that a reporting carrier may provide and, as such, does not disclose the total revenues or service usage of a reporting carrier’s entire business.”

Revenue sources and market shares

In 2005-06  the total revenue from retail telecommunications services totalled A$18.1 billion.

Breaking that figure down into revenue sources is the following additional Report data.

A$8.1 billion Total revenue from Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) services.
A$7.8 billionTotal revenue from retail mobile services, including GSM and CDMA network services and domestic GSM origination/termination.

[COMMENT: Hence in 2006-07 it likely that mobile revenues will overtake PSTN revenues. This will be off the back of 3G services launched by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone in late 2005.]

A$2.16 billionTotal revenue from internet services, including dial-up, cable, satellite and asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL).

[COMMENT: Unsurprisingly the growth in revenues from internet services was the highest across all services in percentage terms, rising 32.5% to A$2.16 billion, with ADSL services increasing 85% and comprising A$807 million of that. The Report states that “… the share from ADSL services has grown from 6% of total internet retail revenue in 2001-02 to 37% in 2005-06.”

Finally, as regards market shares of the major telcos for retail services, the Report states: “Market share has remained mostly steady with Telstra retaining roughly 60% of overall revenues for services covered in this report. Optus increased its overall share to 26% in 2005-06 while other carriers accounted for about 13%.

Full report: Telecommunications market indicator report 2005-06 (released August 07).pdf (371.8 KB).

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