Crossed lines: Substitution trends favouring wireless networks have caused long-term declines

IBISWorld’s Wired Telecommunications Network Operation market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Strong price-based competition among mobile providers has diminished the use of fixed lines
  • Profitability has fallen slightly, due to higher costs associated with NBN connection charges
  • Operators are expected to continue bundling unregulated services with fixed line plans

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The need to communicate is an integral part of Australian households, businesses and government offices. However, the way in which people communicate is changing, mostly at the expense of the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation industry. Australians highly value constant connectivity. As a result, mobile phones have become the dominant form of communication, while Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is an increasingly common choice for long-distance calls. VoIP includes services such as Skype, Whatsapp and Viber, in addition to specialised handsets provided by internet service providers such as iiNet.

    The rising adoption of broadband internet and mobile devices with internet capabilities has bolstered non-wired telecommunications usage...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Industry players generate revenue through a range of services. These include providing local and long-distance communication services, and wholesaling access to their networks, for a variety of purposes.

    Line access

    Line access is the dominant service for the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation industry. This segment has maintained a strong revenue share despite falling usage. The ACCC regulates the wholesale line access price charged by Telstra, which has remained high compared with substitutes. The high cost of line access has been a major factor driving people to disconnect from the fixed network. However, the ACCC drafted price cuts for line access that came into effect on 1 November 2015 and will apply through to 30 June 2019.


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    Additional Insights for the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry are

  • Economies of scope
  • Development of a symbiotic relationship with another industry
  • Ready access to investment funding
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Mobile telecommunications density and Demand from telecommunications and other electrical goods wholesaling in the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry?

    Industry operators provide voice and data services via landlines, microwaves or satellite link-ups. Services include fixed-wire telephony, wired network and cable services, including ISDN and ATM frame relay. Industry participants operate and maintain their own switching and transmission facilities, or may own a fixed line telephone network system consisting of wires or fibre-optic cable. Spare capacity is sold to other telecommunications carriers or resellers.

    Industry Products
    Line access
    Fixed-to-mobile calls
    Local calls
    Data services
    Long-distance calls
    Customer premises equipment
    Inter-carrier access
    Other services
    Industry Activities
    Data cable communication service provision
    Payphone operation
    Telegram service provision
    Telephone exchange operation
    Fixed-wire telephone service provision
    Wired network communication service provision
    Integrated services digital network provision

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Mobile telecommunications density
  • Demand from telecommunications and other electrical goods wholesaling
  • Number of businesses
  • Number of households

  • Current Performance
  • Participation and profit
  • Mobile substitution
  • Line rentals
  • Pricing tactics
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • External competition
  • Convergence
  • National Broadband Network
  • Table: Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Consumer Goods Retailing
  • Finance
  • Telecommunications Resellers
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Construction
  • Electric Cable and Wire Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Line access
  • Fixed-to-mobile calls
  • Data services
  • Long-distance calls
  • Local calls
  • Other services
  • Inter-carrier access
  • Customer premises equipment
  • Chart: Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Businesses
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Wired Telecommunications Network Operation

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Telstra Corporation LimitedSingTel Optus Pty Limited
  • Table: Telstra Corporation Limited - financial performance
  • Table: SingTel Optus Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Wired Telecommunications Network Operation Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A trend where fixed telephony, broadband internet and pay-TV become amalgamated, with network operators and relevant infrastructure providing multiple services.
  • Customer Churn Rate
  • The proportion of subscribers that leave a carrier during a given time period (e.g. quarterly or annually).
  • Naked Dsl
  • Broadband connection that does not come with a telephone service, which is replaced with VoIP. Requires ULL line rental access but not PSTN access, typically leading to lower prices.
  • Public Switched Telephone Network (Pstn)
  • Traditional analogue phone network that uses Telstra's copper cables.
  • Unconditioned Local Loop (Ull)
  • Occurs when a third party rents access to Telstra's copper network from an exchange to a customer's premises, with the third party having to provide all services on the line independent of Telstra.
  • Voice Over Internet Protocol (Voip)
  • Delivery of voice communications over the internet rather than the PSTN.
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