[LINK] RFI: Australian ISP Failure / Turnover
Thu, 17 Oct 2002 16:10:29 +1000
Peter Chen <email@example.com>:
> The ACA put out a report each year called
>"Telecommunications Performance Report 2000–01"
Thanks to the several people who've provided useful sources!
The relevant part of Ch.13 says:
Internet service providers
The Internet Activity series suggests that the Australian Internet
industry is undergoing a period of consolidation.Of the 53 ISPs who
ceased operation in 2000 -01,the majority were small,serving fewer
than 1,000 subscribers each.
At the other end of the scale,six ISPs serviced ver 50 per cent of
Australian subscribers (Figure 13.8).
[The stats at http://www.cynosure.com.au/isp/@statistics suggest an
absolute minimum of 400 companies currently active, and it's more
likely still pretty similar to the 500-600 that it's been since,
what, 1996? 50/500 = 10% attrition by number in that year, but much
smaller by count of subscribers - assuming we exclude one.tel on
account of it being a blip in the graph ...]
In mid-2001,One.Tel,a major player in the Internet industry,was
declared insolvent and is under investigation by the Australian
Securities and Investment Commission.One.Tel was the ISP for 170,000
customers have since been absorbed by ther ISPs.
While the level of horizontal or vertical integration within the
industry is difficult to quantify,the slight contraction in the
providers for Internet services in 2000 -01 has led to less
competition for services,especially among smaller ISPs.
The state of flux in Australian markets also echoes instability in
ownership of telecommunications and ISPs internationally.Competition
for service provision in metropolitan areas exceeds remote
areas,where lack of choice f ISPs,problems with functionality of
modems over long distances and higher costs have been reported.
[But judging by the rubbish in the following paras relating to
accessibility, the above info may not be very reliable ...]
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