Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity
Vodafone welcomed as new player offering fixed line NBN services
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today congratulated Vodafone for connecting its first trial customers to the National Broadband Network (NBN) and welcomed the telco’s entry into the fixed line market in Australia.
“It is terrific to see that a global giant like Vodafone considers the conditions are now right for it to enter the fixed line market in Australia for the first time by connecting customers to the NBN,” Senator Conroy said.
“The NBN’s wholesale only open access network is, for the first time in Australia, creating a level playing field with the ability to attract new entrants like Vodafone.
“Around the world, Vodafone is predominantly a mobiles-only operator. Vodafone’s entry into the fixed line market, as a potential retail service provider on the NBN, is a first for the company in Australia.
“Contrary to claims that the NBN is anti-competitive, Vodafone’s decision to enter the fixed line services market demonstrates that structural reform is increasing retail service competition leading to a more dynamic and innovative market.
“Attracting a new fixed line operator demonstrates the value of the NBN as an open access, wholesale only provider.
Date: 19 December 2011
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