Telstra gives up e-mail secrets in WiMax fight

Telstra gives up e-mail secrets in WiMax fight

Summary: Telstra will disclose thousands of its execs' private e-mails in the ongoing legal scrap between the telco and the Federal Communications Minister.


Telstra will disclose thousands of its execs' private e-mails in the ongoing legal scrap between the telco and the Federal Communications Minister.

Telstra is currently fighting the Minister, Helen Coonan, in the Federal Court alleging she refused to give the company access to papers revealing how the winning tender for the country's WiMax network was selected.

Coonan revealed in June that the government had selected OPEL, a joint venture between Optus and Elders, to build the bush WiMax network and that the funding for the project had been increased to AU$1 billion, up from the AU$600 million originally earmarked for the scheme. According to Telstra, only OPEL was made aware of the increase in funding.

As the legal struggle between the two continues, Telstra has this week been forced to hand over a selection of e-mails between CEO Sol Trujillo and the Telstra executive board pertaining to the company's bid.

According to a Telstra spokesperson, the e-mails are not the "thousands and thousands" that have been reported, but some "two folders-worth" after an agreement was struck to narrow the scope of the e-mails that Telstra had to disclose.

When the court case was first announced, Coonan labelled Telstra's court bid as "sour grapes" after it failed to win the network bid.

Topics: Collaboration, Government, Government AU, Legal, Networking, Telcos, Optus, Telstra, Wi-Fi

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  • Spend the money on services not litigation

    Telstra seems to want to follow the Seven Network's example and blow a couple of hundred million on litigation.

    The self-important executives of Telstra are now trying to proclaim that they were hard done by when, in fact, they were the threatening bullies trying the take their bat, ball and money home.

    Maybe they should all take a crash course in how to run a service organisation and just possibly they might see that actually providing value to their customers is the way to success.
  • History repeting Itself

    If we want to talk about history lets look at the Collins class submarine. This was a very poorly handled process and we wasted billions of tax payer's money. If Telstra want to spend money to make sure the process is above board and in the countries best interest let them.

    My understanding is that Telstra want to spend money on new services but the ACCC makes the economics of doing so impossible by declaring the service and setting unreasonable prices.

    The reason we have different car models is that people who want to spend money on a cheap model they can and people who want quality they can. Just open the market to all comers and allow the market decide who survives but don't waste taxpayer money in doing it.
  • History "repeting" Itself

    And just where do you intend driving to in your quality/cheap car now that all the highways have been sold off to Sol & his shareholders?
    Expecting each contender to dig up your street in turn to lay their own cables?
    Perhaps we could follow the mobile phone route & go all wireless...indifferent reception, constant dropouts, blackspots
    & pay through the nose for a 3rd-rate product.
  • Opel Agreement

    If I was in Coonan's position, being bullied by Telstra, I'd have done exactly the same.

    Having lagged complacently behind, and gouged its customers into the bargain, Telstra badly needs competition. Its arrogance in artifically capping broadband speeds in some areas until such competition arrives is beyond belief.

    My only difference with Coonan is that I may have nationalised the copper network at its depreciated value from under Telstra's nose.
  • Government $1 billion wasted

    The tender process was intended to provide service to those people outside existing Telstra and other providers coverage areas, but instead, the OPEL map shows a coverage greatly LESS THAN the existing coverage areas.

    So the $1 billion goes into duplication of service areas.

    What about the people living outside the existing coverage area, many would be farmers - do they wait until a Labour Government fixes a massive Coalition mistake?