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Did unbundling work in Australia?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-May-2006 11:50

Many discussions on the Geekzone forums were centered on the unbundling issue. Arguments were that New Zealand broadband uptake was impacted by Telecom's performance, that Telecom provides bad services, low speeds and capped plans.

Some of the pro-unbundling posted as argument that we should mirror New Zealand's ULL on the Australian experience, which they said "was a success".

But, this is a quote from the executive chairman of Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd in Australia, James Packer, taken from a report on Stuff:

"We need faster broadband speeds in order to stay competitive to the rest of the world and that is starting to be understood, I believe, by all stakeholders.


And he says more:

"Most Australians are not only on slow [broadband] plans but also plans that have download caps.

"This is very unusual compared to other countries all over the world. Australia needs government policy and regulatory certainty to encourage the provision of unmetered fast broadband by the [telecommunications] incumbent [Telstra] and/or other providers."


Ok, so where is the "Australian success" now?






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