Twisted Wire

A weekly podcast on the tangled mess that is the Australian telecommunications industry

The year the world changed

It might smack of sensationalism to say that telecommunications turned the world on its head this year, but you have to admit that the impact was more pronounced than it ever has been before.

Telstra’s separation fairy tale

Telstra’s latest structural-separation undertaking (SSU) attempts to satisfy the industry and the regulator that dealing with the incumbent will be fair and equitable — but is such a promise too good to be true?

Who’s right on copyright?

As we await the ruling of the High Court on the iiNet-AFACT case, the internet industry and rights holders are battling it out to find an equitable solution to a growing problem.

Optus: from duopoly to open slather

In part two of the Optus story, Twisted Wire tracks the telco’s history through the years of intensified competition, and asks, will it last another 20 years?

20 years of competition: part one

It’s 20 years this week since Optus was granted its licence — on Twisted Wire we look back at the early days.

How to save net neutrality

US President Barack Obama is fighting a battle to preserve the concept of net neutrality. He should have a chat with Internode managing director Simon Hackett.

Will structural separation ever be enough?

The race is on for Telstra to come up with a structural separation plan that will keep the ACCC and service providers happy. But will anything short of a full functional split do the job?

Does Telstra really have a plan?

New revenue streams and better customer service doesn’t sound like a plan; it sounds like common sense. So, what is the future direction for Australia’s biggest telco?

Primus chief fights against forced fibre

The new CEO of Primus Australia, Tom Mazerski, advocates consumer choice. That means the option for consumers to stay with copper and less market control from Telstra.

NBN deal done, what now?

Telstra shareholders’ acceptance of the NBN deal drags them kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

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