Telstra Down But Not Out

Self-titled "car stereo installer" Dick Smith commented on ABC radio last night that he has countered the potential for Telstra (TLS) to exploit its monopoly telco position in Australia at the expense of humble householders by buying shares in the company. Later in the evening the ABC's Four Corners program ran an eye-opening expose of Telstra's workplace practises and treatment of its employees. It wasn't a good day for Telstra.

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Government Intervenes On Broadband

Telstra (TLS) could begin the process of rolling out a fibre to the node (FTTN) fast broadband network tomorrow, but until it can get the price it wants from its competitors for wholesale access (believed to be $85 per month) it will sit tight. The ACCC has to approve this price, and to date has suggested it's way too high. Analysts agree, calculating that Telstra is basing its expectations on an excessive internal rate of return requirement. The G9 agrees, as it has indicated it could provide much cheaper access on its own network under a cooperative arrangement.

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A Tale Of Two Telstras

When analysts reported on the Telstra (TLS) first half result last month, they remained just as polarised about the ongoing fortunes of the telco as they were before the significant stock price rally post T3 (Views Polarised On Telstra; Australia; 16/02/07). A month on, nothing much has changed.

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