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Australia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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  • 233 Pages
  • June 2022
  • Region: Australia
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
  • ID: 4850851

Australia’s NBN Makes Slow Progress

Australia's telco bodies associations for a more dedicated 5G spectrum

Australia's mobile market has undergone significant some changes in recent years, particularly following the merger of TPG with Vodafone, becoming TPG Telecom. The three MNOs have long provided extensive services based on LTE, but since 2020 they have focused on the 5G platform.

5G services have been supported by recent spectrum auctions, though industry bodies including the AMTA have called for at least an additional 8GHz of the spectrum to be reserved for 5G services by 2030. The spectrum which should be made available would cover the low, mid and mmWave bands. This would be optimal for urban areas as well as sparsely populated rural environments.

The additional spectrum would also help the MVNO sector, which for some years was held back by the inability of these smaller operators to access 5G services from their host networks. This in turn hampered their ability to develop a stronger subscriber base. Optus was the first MNO to provide 5G access to MVNOs, with Telstra planning to do so later in 2022.

Telstra's 5G infrastructure is aimed at delivering data at up to 10Gb/s but is focused less on a boost in data speed than in connectivity. This is with a view to addressing the future challenges created by the IoT sector, wherein a vast range of appliances and devices can be interconnected. By June 2022, the company provided 85% population coverage with 5G.

TPG Telecom is building a Nokia-based 5G network (after the government had banned its former vendor Huawei from all 5G networks), and as of early 2022, the company claimed 85% population coverage in the ten largest cities and regions of the country.

Optus was also obliged to drop Huawei, and has since developed a multi-vendor approach to its 5G rollout, partnering with both Ericsson and Nokia. The first service, launched in January 2019, was priced to compete with fixed-line services offered over the NBN. Optus now operates more than 1,000 5G sites across the capital cities, as well as in key areas outside of these cities.

Table of Contents

Key statistics
  • Telecommunications market
  • Market overview and analysis
Regulatory environment
  • Regulatory authorities
  • Fixed-line developments
  • Mobile market developments
Mobile market
  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
  • Major mobile operators
  • Mobile handsets
Fixed-line broadband market
  • Market analysis
  • Fixed broadband statistics
  • National Broadband Network (NBN)
  • Fibre networks
  • G.fast and XG.fast
  • HFC (Cable) networks
  • DSL
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fixed broadband service providers
Digital economy
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Smart city projects
  • E-government
Telecommunications infrastructure
  • National telecom network
  • International infrastructure
Appendix Historic data
  • Glossary of abbreviations
  • Related reports
List of Tables
  • Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities- Australia 2022 (e)
  • Table 2 Total telecom market retail revenue by service ($ billion) 2012 2020
  • Table 3 Total telecoms market - annual growth by service 2012 2020
  • Table 4 Total telecoms market - market share by service 2012 2020
  • Table 5 Telecom revenue by major provider (A$ billion) 2014 2021
  • Table 6 Annual growth in telecom revenue by major provider 2015 2021
  • Table 7 Market share of telecom revenue by major provider 2014 2021
  • Table 8 Second-tier telcos' revenue and annual change 2012 2021
  • Table 9 Second-tier telcos' revenue by provider (A$ million) 2014 2021
  • Exhibit 5 Expiring spectrum allocation timetable 2015
  • Table 10 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
  • Table 11 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator (million) 2012 2021
  • Table 12 Annual change of the number of mobile subscribers by operator 2012 2021
  • Table 13 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2012 2021
  • Table 14 Change in the number of prepaid subscribers by operator (million) 2012 2021
  • Table 15 MNO market share of prepaid subscribers 2012 2021
  • Table 16 Change in the number of postpaid subscribers by operator (million) 2012 2021
  • Table 17 MNO market share of postpaid subscribers 2012 2021
  • Table 18 Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid subscribers (million) 2012 2021
  • Table 19 Change in the proportion of prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2009 2021
  • Table 20 Prepaid as proportion of total mobile subscribers by operator 2012 2021
  • Table 21 Postpaid as proportion of total mobile subscribers by operator 2012 2021
  • Table 22 Total mobile services market revenue and annual change 2012 2027
  • Table 23 Mobile market revenue per major operator (A$ billion) 2012 2021
  • Table 24 Mobile market revenue market share per major operator 2012 2021
  • Table 25 Annual change of mobile market revenue per major operator 2012 2021
  • Table 26 Change in Telstra's mobile ARPU - prepaid, postpaid, mobile broadband (A$/subscriber/month) 2012 2021
  • Table 27 Change in Optus's mobile ARPU (A$/subscriber/month) 2012 2022
  • Table 28 Change in Vodafone Australia's monthly ARPU (A$/subscriber/month) 2015 2019
  • Table 29 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
  • Table 30 Wireless broadband subscribers by access type (thousand) 2012 2018
  • Table 31 Mobile broadband subscribers by MNO (million) 2012 2021
  • Table 32 Estimated mobile broadband data downloaded in Petabytes 2012 2021
  • Table 33 Development of Telstra Group's financial data (A$ billion) 2012 2022
  • Table 34 Development of Telstra's mobile prepaid and postpaid revenue (A$ million) 2012 2022
  • Table 35 Development of Telstra's mobile revenue by type (A$ billion) 2012 2022
  • Table 36 Change in the number of Telstra's mobile subscribers by type (million) 2012 2021
  • Table 37 Development of Optus's mobile revenue (A$ billion) 2012 2022
  • Table 38 Change in the number of Optus's mobile subscribers 2012 2022
  • Table 39 Change in the number of Optus's mobile subscribers by type (thousand) 2012 2022
  • Table 40 Development of Vodafone Australia's revenue (A$ billion) 2012 2019
  • Table 41 Change in the number of Vodafone Australia's mobile subscribers by type (million) 2012 2019
  • Table 42 Change in the number of TPG Telecom's mobile subscribers by type 2019 2021
  • Table 43 Development of TPG Telecom's mobile revenue by service (A$ billion) 2019 2021
  • Table 44 Development of amaysim's mobile financial data (A$ million) 2016 2021
  • Table 45 Change in the number of amaysim's mobile subscribers 2014 2020
  • Table 46 Australian handset platform market share 2017 2020
  • Table 47 Internet connections via mobile handsets 2012 2021
  • Table 48 Fixed broadband retail subscribers by major provider (thousand) 2012 2021
  • Table 49 Fixed broadband retail subscriber annual growth by major provider 2012 2021
  • Table 50 Fixed broadband retail subscribers market share by major provider 2012 2020
  • Table 51 Change in the number of Telstra's retail and wholesale broadband subscribers (million) 2012 2021
  • Table 52 Fixed broadband subscribers by access type (million) 2012 2019
  • Table 53 Fixed broadband subscriber annual growth 2012 2019
  • Table 54 Wireless broadband subscribers by access type (thousand) 2012 2021
  • Table 55 Wireless broadband subscriber annual growth 2012 2021
  • Table 56 Market share of fixed and fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2012 2019
  • Table 57 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
  • Table 58 Internet subscribers by download speed 2016 2018
  • Table 59 Volume of data downloaded by access type (TB) 2013 2021
  • Table 60 NBN premises activated, ready for service (thousand) 2012 2021
  • Table 61 Development of NBN CO's revenue 2013 2022
  • Table 62 Change in NBN Co's annualised ARPU 2013 2022
  • Table 63 Change in NBN Co's fibre capex (A$ million) 2013 2020
  • Table 64 Change in NBN Co's HFC, wireless, other capex (A$ million) 2013 2022
  • Table 65 Growth in the number of NBN Co's fibre connections by platform (thousand) 2016 2021
  • Table 66 Growth in the number of NBN Co's HFC, wireless, satellite connections (thousand) 2016 2021
  • Table 67 Change in the share of NBN Co's connections by platform 2016 2021
  • Table 68 NBN's FttP connections and market share by operator December 2021
  • Table 69 NBN's FttB connections and market share by operator December 2021
  • Table 70 NBN's FttN connections and market share by operator December 2021
  • Table 71 NBN's FttC connections and market share by operator December 2021
  • Table 72 NBN's HFC connections and market share by operator December 2021
  • Table 73 NBN's wireless broadband connections and market share by operator December 2021
  • Table 74 NBN's satellite broadband connections and market share by operator December 2021
  • Table 75 Growth in the number of FttP subscribers 2016 2021
  • Table 76 Growth in the number of FttC subscribers 2018 2021
  • Table 77 NBN's capex on FttN and FttC (A$ million) 2014 2020
  • Table 78 HFC Roll out plan 2016 2020
  • Table 79 Cable broadband subscribers by major operator (thousand) 2012 2020
  • Table 80 DSL broadband subscribers 2012 2019
  • Table 81 Change in the number of Optus's broadband connections by type (thousand) 2013 2022
  • Table 82 Development of TPG's financial data (A$ million) 2012 2019
  • Table 83 Development of TPG Telecom's financial data (A$ billion) 2019 2021
  • Table 84 TPG's revenue by division (A$ million) 2012 2019
  • Table 85 TPG Telecom's revenue by division (A$ million) 2019 2021
  • Table 86 TPG's broadband ARPU (A$/month) 2016 2021
  • Table 87 TPG - Consumer broadband subscribers (thousand) by product 2017 2021
  • Table 88 TPG - Group mobile subscribers (thousand) by division 2014 2020
  • Table 89 Vocus Australia - consumer broadband subscribers (thousand) 2018 2021
  • Table 90 Development of Vocus Group's financial data (A$ million) 2012 2021
  • Table 91 Development of Macquarie Telecom's financial data (A$ million) 2012 2022
  • Table 92 Decline in the number of fixed-line subscriptions and penetration 2012 2027
  • Table 93 Historic - Pay TV revenue by major operator ($ million) 1997 2017
  • Table 94 Historic - Blended monthly ARPU by MNO ($/subscriber/month) 2000 2010
  • Table 95 Historic - Total telecoms market - retail revenue by service ($ million) 2001 2015
  • Table 96 Historic - Total telecoms revenues by smaller operators, and total ($ billion) 2005 2013
  • Table 97 Historic - Total telecoms revenues by major providers ($ billion) 2000 2011
  • Table 98 Historic - Second-tier telcos revenue by provider 2010 2014
  • Table 99 Historic - Second-tier telcos revenue by provider (historic) 2004 2007
  • Table 100 Historic - Total business and residential broadband subscribers (thousand) 2006 2014
  • Table 101 Historic - Annual change of mobile subscribers by carrier 1995 2011
  • Table 102 Historic - Retail mobile subscriber market share by MNO and MVNO 2015 2016
  • Table 103 Historic - Share of prepaid subscribers by MNO and MVNO 2014 2015
  • Table 104 Historic - Share of postpaid subscribers by MNO and MVNO 2014 2015
  • Table 105 Historic - Total mobile services market revenue and annual change 1995 2010
  • Table 106 Historic - Mobile subscribers, penetration, and annual change 2000 2011
  • Table 107 Historic - HTA key metrics ($ million) 2009 2015
  • Table 108 Historic - Monthly ARPU and by segment ($/subscriber/month) 2009 2012
  • Table 109 Historic - Vodafone Australia revenue 1996 2011
  • Table 110 Historic - VHA MVNO customers 2014 2016
  • Table 111 Historic - Telstra Group's financial data 2008 2011
  • Table 112 Historic - Telstra's mobile ARPU - prepaid, postpaid, mobile broadband (A$/subscriber/month) 2009 2011
  • Table 113 Historic - Optus's mobile subscribers and annual change 2009 2011
  • Table 114 Historic - Retail mobile subscribers share by MNO and MVNO 2016 2017
  • Table 115 Historic - Retail mobile subscribers share by MNO and MVNO 2013 2015
  • Table 116 Historic NBN's revenue by type 2013 2017
  • Table 117 Historic - M2's acquisitions 2005 2015

    List of Charts
  • Chart 1 Total telecom market retail revenue by service 2012 2020
  • Chart 2 Total telecoms market - market share by service 2012 2020
  • Chart 3 Telecom revenue by major provider 2014 2021
  • Chart 4 Market share of telecom revenue by major provider 2014 2021
  • Chart 5 Second-tier telcos' revenue and annual change 2012 2021
  • Chart 6 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
  • Chart 7 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator 2012 2021
  • Chart 8 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2012 2021
  • Chart 9 Change in the number of prepaid subscribers by operator 2012 2021
  • Chart 10 MNO market share of prepaid subscribers 2012 2021
  • Chart 11 Change in the number of postpaid subscribers by operator 2012 2021
  • Chart 12 MNO market share of postpaid subscribers 2012 2021
  • Chart 13 Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2012 2021
  • Chart 14 Change in the proportion of prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2012 2021
  • Chart 15 Total mobile services market revenue and annual change 2012 2027
  • Chart 16 Mobile market revenue per major operator 2012 2021
  • Chart 17 Mobile market revenue market share per major operator 2012 2021
  • Chart 18 Change in Telstra's mobile ARPU - prepaid, postpaid, mobile broadband 2012 2021
  • Chart 19 Change in Optus's mobile ARPU 2012 2022
  • Chart 20 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
  • Chart 21 Development of Telstra Group's financial data 2012 2022
  • Chart 22 Development of Telstra's mobile prepaid and postpaid revenue 2012 2022
  • Chart 23 Development of Telstra's mobile revenue by type 2012 2022
  • Chart 24 Change in the number of Telstra's mobile subscribers by type 2012 2021
  • Chart 25 Development of Optus's mobile revenue 2012 2022
  • Chart 26 Change in the number of Optus's mobile subscribers 2012 2022
  • Chart 27 Change in the number of Vodafone Australia's mobile subscribers by type 2012 2019
  • Chart 28 Development of TPG Telecom's mobile revenue by service 2019 2021
  • Chart 29 Fixed broadband subscribers by access type 2012 2019
  • Chart 30 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
  • Chart 31 Development of NBN Co's revenue 2013 2022
  • Chart 32 Change in NBN Co's fibre capex 2013 2020
  • Chart 33 Change in NBN Co's HFC, wireless, other capex 2013 2022
  • Chart 34 Growth in the number of NBN Co's fibre connections by platform 2016 2021
  • Chart 35 Growth in the number of NBN Co's HFC, wireless, satellite connections 2016 2021
  • Chart 36 NBN's capex on FttN and FttC 2014 2020
  • Chart 37 Development of TPG Telecom's financial data 2019 2021
  • Chart 38 TPG Telecom's revenue by division 2019 2021
  • Chart 39 Development of Vocus Group's financial data 2012 2021
  • Chart 40 Development of Macquarie Telecom's financial data 2012 2022
  • Chart 41 Decline in the number of fixed-line subscriptions and penetration 2012 2027

    List of Exhibits
  • Exhibit 1 Mobile spectrum by operator in capital city and regional area
  • Exhibit 2 GSM services by operator
  • Exhibit 3 WCDMA services by operator
  • Exhibit 4 Ownership of selected frequencies for 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz services
  • Exhibit 6 Spectrum charges for spectrum bandwidth licenses
  • Exhibit 7 1.8GHz spectrum auction results 2016
  • Exhibit 8 700MHz and 2.5GHz auction results - 2013
  • Exhibit 9 - 1800MHz auction results February 2016
  • Exhibit 10 3.6GHz spectrum awards - 2018
  • Exhibit 11 26GHz spectrum awards - 2021
  • Exhibit 12 Australian MVNOs mobile carriers
  • Exhibit 13 iiNet's acquisitions 2003 2014
  • Exhibit 14 Australia region submarine cables
  • Exhibit 15 Major submarine cables with landing points in Australia