Rein in Telstra to let broadband breathe: Optus

Optus' chief executive has called on the incoming federal government -- be it coalition or Labor -- to take "urgent steps" to drive the competitive take up of broadband in Australia.Speaking in Brisbane yesterday at a QUT Portman Innovation Series Luncheon, Optus' chief executive officer, Paul O'Sullivan, described broadband take up as "the most important policy challenge in telecommunications".

Optus' chief executive has called on the incoming federal government -- be it coalition or Labor -- to take "urgent steps" to drive the competitive take up of broadband in Australia.

Speaking in Brisbane yesterday at a QUT Portman Innovation Series Luncheon, Optus' chief executive officer, Paul O'Sullivan, described broadband take up as "the most important policy challenge in telecommunications".

O'Sullivan suggested the implementation of a three-part plan to "unleash the competitive potential of broadband". The plan involves stopping Telstra playing games in wholesale broadband and restore resale margins, protecting companies building their own broadband networks and making investments viable by linking resale economics to investments in building competitive broadband networks.

He added that although competition had delivered a lot of benefits to Australia, there is still a long way to go, especially with a new competitive battleground in Australia with the arrival of broadband.

"The benefits would only be realised if there was vigorous competition in broadband," O'Sullivan said.

"Optus is determined to bring competition to broadband and head off efforts by the incumbent to dominate the broadband market in the same way that it dominated the local loop. There is a critical role for government in driving the competitive take up of broadband," O'Sullivan said.

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