Feb 13, 2014

‘Nothing’s off the table’: Telstra contemplates structural separation

The National Broadband Network might be going back to the drawing board as Telstra signals it is considering structural separation.

Paddy Manning

Crikey business editor

Telstra boss David Thodey has signalled the company could be prepared to contemplate structural separation, even under the federal government’s new multi-technology model for the National Broadband Network, if it could be shown to add value for shareholders.

In prepared comments while delivering a strong interim profit result this morning, Thodey laid out his ground rules for ongoing negotiations with the federal government and the NBN Co — particularly, that Telstra would hold the line on maintaining the value to shareholders of its existing agreements.

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  1. kd

    The whole point of the NBN in the first place was that it was the only technologically sane way to achieve complete structural separation. The new mishmash broadband network is going to be a technological and commercial failure, and any structural separation that is achieved will only be at the behest of the monopoly. Remember that until recently the monpoly’s majority shareholder was the regulator, a terrible conflict of interest that has set australia’s comms industry back badly for many years now.

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