Business

Hold the phone: ACCC rings in new mobile battle

Telstra CEO Andy Penn.
Telstra CEO Andy Penn. Andrew Lucas Photography

LETTING other carriers piggyback off Telstra's mobile network could stop further expansion of regional mobile networks, Telstra CEO Andy Penn has warned.

But Vodafone Australia chief strategy officer Dan Lloyd said introducing mobile roaming would lead to better competition for regional Queenslanders and more towers in regional areas.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has begun an inquiry into national mobile roaming that would allow customers of each phone carrier to access the network of their rivals when their one isn't available.

Mr Penn said if the ACCC approved the introduction of national roaming, it could cause Telstra to re-evaluate where they spend money on infrastructure.

"Selfishly we think this would be bad for Telstra, but also we think it would be bad for regional areas," he said.

Mr Penn said national mobile roaming could prevent expansion of the Telstra network in regional areas. He said Telstra's point of difference from its competitors was its network.

"If we're told 'You can build another tower if you like but you have to let your competitors use it' then there's no incentive to invest," he said.

But Mr Lloyd said if the ACCC approved mobile roaming other networks would pay Telstra for the use of their infrastructure.

Mr Lloyd said Vodafone may look to expanding their network into current black spots if they were able to access Telstra's existing coverage.

"At the moment there is no way we can build a network beyond Telstra's. But if this is approved we could use that network and expand beyond," he said.

"Then there is competition to expand into those new areas. Telstra would know if they don't expand into an area we might."

Mr Lloyd said mobile roaming was in place in USA, Canada and New Zealand and had not reduced investment

In announcing the inquiry, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said the impact the change could have on new mobile infrastructure was a key concern.

"A particular area of concern for us is whether consumers would, in fact, be disadvantaged if the incentives to invest in expanding the reach of mobile networks were reduced," he said.

The ACCC is expected to release a discussion paper and call for submission on mobile roaming this month.

- ARM NEWSDESK

Topics:  accc mobile coverage telstra vodafone



Police release image, video of 2016 hit and run

The vehicle involved could be a 1988-1997 model Toyota Hilux.

The vehicle involved could be a 1988-1997 model Toyota

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Twiggy puts money where mouth is

Fortescue Metals Group CEO and philanthropist Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and actor Russell Crowe at an event unveiling one of Australia's largest philanthropic donations to fund a variety of social and scientific causes at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, May 22, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

has taken a leaf out of Bill Gates' book

Local Partners

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

National breakfast show to film live in Ipswich

Studio 10 roving reporter David Robinson.

Roving Robbo homeward bound as Studio 10 comes to town

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!