Why we all hate Telstra

The Age – Mark Pesce

When I moved to Australia, later that year, I had to give up the cheap and nearly limitless bandwidth I’d grown addicted to, settling for lower speeds at higher prices. My dad, at his home outside San Diego, pays $US30 ($A36) a month for service that would cost me $300 here. Australians pay at least 10 times as much for bandwidth as Canadians — and what Telstra fobs off as broadband wouldn’t even be called broadband in Canada. It’s too slow.

Everyone in Australia’s internet industries hates Telstra, ranging from quiet passive-aggressive fury to spit-the-dummy, foaming-at-the-mouth passion, quietly blaming Telstra for the fact Australia is basically an internet backwater, importing far more data than it exports, a balance of trade that can be directly tied back to those service agreements made back in the 1990s.

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Ring tones drain kids’ pockets

CHILDREN continue to be sucked into signing up for costly ring tone subscriptions despite moves to crack down on the industry.

Kerri Dennis, from consumer website Not Good Enough, said her 12-year-old daughter was recently charged $80 in fees when she thought she had bought a one-off ring tone.

An Australian Communications and Media Authority spokesman said an independent body would be set up in the next two months to resolve complaints about premium SMS services.

An Australian Mobile Telecommunication Association spokesman said some carriers offered either a bar or a monthly spend limit for premium SMS services.

via Sydney Morning Herald

Telstra sets ULL charge

Telstra have proposed the price for competitors to use the Unbundled Local Loop Service (ULLS). It is a national average price of $30 which gives the opportunity for providers to offer full services to customer’s premises down the copper. You can see the Whirlpool article and follow the discussion. It would appear that the competitors won’t be too happy with this from the article as that means that Telstra will have regional areas subsidised via the metropolitan users. Telstra are the ones who have to service the bush and look after it under the existing contract they have with the government. I don’t see this as too bad for subscribers, though it will probably take a bit longer to get cheaper broadband but at the same time it can bring the rest of the country up on broadband for a the equivalent price of metro users. The hard part for regional customers though no doubt will be the choice of provider as they will need to put DSLAM’s into the regional exchanges and the cost for these and maintenance will be costly for any new players.

Optus acquires Virgin Mobile

Optus have purchased the 75% percent stake that Virgin had in the partnership between the two company’s offering Virgin Mobile access in Australia for $30million. Optus was granted a 15 year license to use the Virgin brand and will no doubt give greater efficiency and marketing for both companies without having to worry so much about the physical network. Optus gets access to the Virgin brand and Virgin gets access to a full network and features offered. Full details can be read on ZDNet