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Australia - Telco Company Profiles - 2nd Tier

  • December 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Consolidation in the 2nd tier telco market continues
The second tier Australian telco market has seen further significant consolidation over the past year. A process that is set to continue over coming years. Moving towards a structurally separated regulatory environment with a NBN at the horizon, size really does matter. Macquarie Telecom, iiNet, M2 Telecom and TPG continue to report strong revenue growth.

Telstra’s aggressive activities to increase its market share, particularly in the mobile and broadband sectors continues to have a significant impact. This has been detrimental to a number of 2nd tier players, reflected in declining revenue in sectors including fixed and mobile voice. However, there was an overall recovery in total revenue among most players in 2015. This has partly been the result of greater efficiencies gained by increased scale brought about by market consolidation. Overall revenue for these operators, of about $4 billion in 2015, still accounts for less than 10% of the total telecoms market in Australia, but the proportion is growing in the face of flagging revenue from both Vodafone and Optus.

In late 2015 M2 accepted a merger offer from Vocus to merge. It will create Australias fourth-largest telecommunications company and the third-largest in New Zealand. The combined Vocus/M2 company is a welcome strengthening of the competitive environment in Australia following Vocus’ acquisition by Amcom in mid-2015. The telecoms market has developed more and more into a utilities market, and in such markets size matters. It will allow the combined entity to be more efficient and more effective.

TPG has been growing from strength to strength and after its successful acquisition of iiNet is now in the top three of the Australian telecoms market. TPG now has the largest data network and voice network after Telstra, the largest fully converged voice, video and data IP-based access network in regional Australia, and the largest voice-enabled IP network. With an efficient and cost effective business model, TPG remains one of the most successful competitors in the competitively priced residential broadband market. Its cost structure and low exposure to legacy high-margin products allows it to be aggressive on price and thus win market share. This has resulted in consistently strong organic earnings growth and at the same times enjoys one of the highest margins in the industry.

M2 (Vocus)
M2 Telecommunications Group Limited is Australia’s largest independent provider of fixed-line, mobile and data telecommunications services. The company also provides fixed-line and mobile services in New Zealand. M2 has shown consistent growth both through organic growth and strategic acquisitions including the acquisition of CallPlus, People Telecom, Commander Communications, AUSTAR Mobile, Primus Telecommunications, Dodo and Eftel. In 2015 M2 signed a 15-year deal with Telstra Wholesale for NBN backhaul that will allow it to reach all 121 NBN points of interconnect.

M2 has indicated that it may invest further in the energy sector, taking advantage of deregulated markets and the low customer acquisition cost advantages held by Dodo Energy. In late 2015 M2 accepted a merger offer from Vocus to merge. While the TPG/iiNet merger brought two similar companies together, and as such potentially reduced the number of players in the market, the Vocus/M2 combination brings two different companies together – one operating in the business market and one operating in the retail market. This will allow the companies to share resources and attract better deals from the various ICT (wholesale) providers they do business with.

TPG Telecom (iiNet)
TPG Telecom Limited provides telecoms and multimedia services in the Australian marketplace. In August 2015 TPG acquired local ISP iiNet which had developed into one of the largest DSL providers in Australia. TPG is now Australias second-biggest provider of fixed-line broadband in Australia. Services including voice, internet and data solutions are provided to a customer base ranging from the consumer market through to small and medium enterprises, corporate and government sectors. iiNet delivers a wide range of telecom services including fixed-voice, mobile and broadband services, business data housing and cloud-based services, VoIP and IPTV. The company manages a significant DSL and FttP network.

The company is delivering an extensive FttB service to apartment buildings in capital cities, offering broadband at 100Mb/s at a price which undercuts existing offers from rival ISPs. Through its PIPE Networks division the company has a strong position in the backhaul market, which gives it the option to link directly to all or most of the 121 NBN POIs. It has the potential to explore its own wholesale opportunities as well, providing the company with an extra competitive advantage over rivals such as Optus, and Vocus/M2.

FOXTEL is the largest subscription television provider in Australia, offering over 200 viewing channels. The subscription TV (STV) industry as a whole in Australia has had to deal with increased digital TV coverage areas and the subsequent growth in the number of FTA channels, as well as more widespread Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) services from the growing availability of faster broadband services. The company hopes to expand its services, launching a triple-play bundle of TV, broadband and telephony service with the latter two services resulting from a wholesale agreement with Telstra. FOXTEL has also moved into the IPTV arena in an effort to increase subscriber availability options. FOXTEL has also moved into the IPTV arena in an effort to increase subscriber availability options. The Presto SVoD TV service was launched in early 2015.

Amcom is a second-tier telecommunications carrier providing fibre, DSL broadband, data centre, IP voice solutions, internet services. It also offers training services to the consumer, corporate, wholesale, government and Small and Medium Enterprise markets. Amcom was acquired by Vocus in mid-2015. The Western Australia-based company has good prospects for future growth, and remains a well-managed and focused business. Amcom has constructed over 2,000km of high-speed fibre optic networks in Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide. It has seven data centres in its own right, while its network connects to 71 centres in the capital cities. The network provides access to around 80% of business premises in these cities.

Macquarie Telecom
Macquarie Telecom is an integrated telco providing a full range of hosting, data, voice and mobile services to the business and government market. It also offers a range of cloud services including security, storage, backup-as-a-service and virtual hosting / data centre services. Macquarie’s two key target markets are Australian mid-size corporates and the government sector. A third data centre, in Canberra bolstered the company’s hosting and cloud-based services, which remain the main focus of its strategy for growth. In mid-2015 Macquarie Telecom completed sold its Intellicentre 2 datacentre to Keppel DC, a Singapore real estate investment trust.

Nextgen Networks
Nextgen Networks (Nextgen) is a licensed telecommunications carrier and the company specialises in data services for carriers, service providers, government and corporations. The company was also awarded an RSP license for the NBN Co trial areas. Nextgen owns and operates one of Australia’s largest national fibre networks, of over 19,000km of fibre rings. It also operates data centre assets in all capital cities. A majority share of Leighton Holdings’ telecom assets was sold in mid-2013 to a Canadian pension fund, and was subsequently rebranded as Nextgen Group Holdings. The fibre network runs between the country’s principal capital cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin and has links to nodes in regional cities and centres. The company has an extensive national Virtual Private LAN Service switched data network, the first such in Australia. The VPLS network allowed the company to become a full data service provider to the broader Australian market.

Table Of Contents

Australia - Telco Company Profiles - 2nd Tier
1. Revenue statistics - 2nd tier telcos
1.1 Service revenues and market shares
1.1.1 Total market by major service
1.1.2 Total market by major players
2. Amcom Telecommunications Limited
2.1 Company information
2.1.1 Overview
2.2 Company analysis
2.2.1 Well defined strategies
2.2.2 Independence from others
2.2.3 National broadband network (NBN)
2.3 Financial results - historical
2.3.1 Year 2014
2.3.2 Year 2013
2.3.3 Year 2012
2.3.4 Year 2011
2.3.5 Financial statistics - historical
2.4 Products and services
2.4.1 Divisional overview
2.4.2 Amnet
2.4.3 Data Networks
2.5 Network
2.5.1 Fibre network overview
2.5.2 SABRENet and maintenance agreement
2.5.3 Data Network Contract with Northern Territory Government
2.6 Acquisitions, alliances and subsidiary companies
2.6.1 Acquisition overview
2.6.2 Amcom acquires IP Systems (IPS)
2.6.3 Amcom acquires L7 IT group
2.6.4 Partnership with BlueFire cloud services
2.6.5 AARNet collaboration
2.6.6 Megaport Acquisition
2.6.7 Subsidiary companies
2.7 Company history
2.7.1 Brief timeline 1988 - 2014
3. iiNet Limited
3.1 Company information
3.1.1 Overview
3.1.2 Change of Ownership
3.2 Financial results
3.2.1 Year 2015
3.2.2 Year 2014
3.2.3 Year 2013
3.2.4 Year 2012
3.2.5 Year 2011
3.3 Operating results
3.3.1 Subscriber statistics
3.4 Company analysis
3.5 Network
3.5.1 Overview
3.5.2 DSLAM rollout
3.5.3 Dark fibre
3.5.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
3.5.5 iiNet's plans for undersea network expansion taking shape
3.5.6 WiFi rollouts in Melbourne
3.6 Acquisitions, alliances and subsidiary companies
3.6.1 Acquisition overview
3.6.2 Partnership with Polycom
3.6.3 Acquisition of ISP Westnet
3.6.4 Alliance with FOX Sports
3.6.5 Alliance with Hypernia
3.6.6 Alliance with Hybrid Television Services
3.6.7 Alliance with Hutchison
3.6.8 Amcom and PowerTel acquire stake in iiNet
3.6.9 Partnership with FetchTV
3.6.10 Acquisition of AAPT Consumer Division
3.6.11 Acquisition of Supernerd
3.6.12 Acquisition of TransACT
3.6.13 Acquisition of Internode
3.6.14 Acquisition of Adam Internet
3.6.15 Acquisition of Tech2
3.6.16 Partnership with Allseen
3.7 Products and services
3.7.1 Home and SOHO
3.7.2 Business
3.7.3 Reselling agreements
3.8 Company history
3.8.1 Brief timeline 1993 - 2014
4. Macquarie Telecom
4.1 Company information
4.1.1 Overview
4.2 Financial results
4.2.1 FY 2015
4.2.2 FY 2014
4.2.3 FY 2013
4.2.4 FY 2012
4.2.5 FY 2011
4.2.6 Operating revenues and statistical overview
4.3 Company Analysis
4.3.1 Leader in managed business services
4.3.2 National Broadband Network (NBN)
4.4 Data network
4.4.1 Metro Access Network (MAN)
4.4.2 Mobile network
4.4.3 Partnership with Tata Communications
4.5 Services
4.5.1 Hosting solutions
4.5.2 Telco
4.5.3 Data centres
4.5.4 Macquarie Telecom Enterprise Cloud
4.6 Company history
4.6.1 Brief timeline 1992 - 2014
5. M2 Telecommunications
5.1 Company information
5.1.1 Overview
5.1.2 Merger with Vocus
5.2 Company analysis
5.2.1 The Vocus/M2 merger approved by the ACCC
5.2.2 Growing the company
5.2.3 Arriving in the top ten
5.2.4 Planned restructure
5.3 Financial results
5.3.1 FY2015
5.3.2 FY2014
5.3.3 FY2013
5.3.4 FY2012
5.3.5 FY2011
5.3.6 Financial statistics overview
5.4 Services
5.4.1 Fixed-line voice
5.4.2 Mobile
5.4.3 Internet
5.4.4 Energy
5.4.5 Brands
5.5 Products and services
5.5.1 Overview
5.5.2 M2 Consumer and Business (retail)
5.5.3 M2 Wholesale
5.5.4 NBN
5.6 Acquisitions, alliances and subsidiary companies
5.6.1 Acquisition overview
5.6.2 Acquisition CallPlus 2015
5.6.3 Unsuccessful Bid for iiNet 2015
5.6.4 Acquisition Dodo 2013
5.6.5 Acquisition Eftel 2013
5.6.6 Acquisition Primus Telecommunications 2012
5.6.7 Acquisition Time Group 2012
5.6.8 Acquisition of Flextalk 2012
5.6.9 Acquisition of AUSTAR Mobile 2011
5.6.10 Acquisition of Clear Telecoms (M2 Clear) 2011
5.6.11 Acquisition of Bell Networks 2010
5.6.12 Acquisition of Clever Communications 2010
5.6.13 Acquisition of People telecom 2009
5.6.14 Acquisition of Commander assets 2009
5.6.15 Acquisition of Unitel Australia 2008
5.6.16 Acquisition of Orion Telecom 2007
5.6.17 Acquisition of Tenex Communications 2007
5.6.18 Acquisition of Wholesale Communications 2007
5.7 Company history
5.7.1 Brief timeline 1999 - 2015
6. Nextgen Networks Pty Limited
6.1 Company information
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 Background information on company ownership
6.1.3 Recent ownership developments
6.2 NBN - Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP)
6.2.1 Background information
6.3 Network
6.3.1 National
6.3.2 International
6.4 Products and services
6.4.1 Introduction
6.4.2 High-speed internet
6.4.3 Transmission
6.4.4 Data centres
6.4.5 Customised data solutions
6.5 Acquisitions and alliances
6.5.1 Nextgen acquires Silk telecom (Silk)
6.5.2 Partnership with Sydney Teleport Services
6.6 Company history
6.6.1 Brief timeline 2000 - 2014
7. TPG Telecom
7.1 Company information
7.1.1 Overview
7.2 Company analysis
7.2.1 Competitive Analysis Profile
7.2.2 TPG the Champion of Competition
7.3 Latest developments
7.3.1 TPG offers low cost mobile broadband
7.3.2 TPG moves with TrustedCloud
7.3.3 Acquires AAPT
7.3.4 Invests in Amcom
7.3.5 Secures mobile spectrum
7.3.6 Invests in subsea cable
7.3.7 TPG and the NBN
7.3.8 Wholesale fibre access offered
7.3.9 Acquisition of iiNet
7.3.10 Dark Fibre and MVNO Agreement with Vodafone Australia
7.4 Company divisional overview
7.4.1 Company structure
7.5 Network
7.5.1 Overview
7.5.2 PIPE Networks
7.6 Financial results
7.6.1 Year ending July 2015
7.6.2 Year ending July 2014
7.6.3 Year ending July 2013
7.6.4 Year ending July 2012
7.6.5 Year ending July 2011
7.6.6 Financial statistical overview
7.6.7 Operational statistical overview
7.7 Products and services
7.7.1 Residential services
7.7.2 Business and wholesale services
7.7.3 International connectivity
7.7.4 National infrastructure developments
7.8 Company history
7.8.1 Brief timeline 1999 - 2015
Table 1 Second-tier telcos revenue by provider 2010 - 2014
Table 2 Second-tier telcos revenue by major provider annual change 2010 - 2014
Table 3 Second-tier telcos revenue by major provider relative market shares 2010 - 2014
Table 4 Second-tier telcos revenue by provider (historic) 2004 - 2007
Table 5 Second-tier telcos revenue by major provider (historic) relative market shares 2004 - 2007
Table 6 Amcom operating revenue 2000 - 2014
Table 7 Amcom key financial indicators 2010 - 2014
Table 8 Amcom EPS 2010 - 2014
Table 9 Amcom revenue by service division 2004 - 2013
Table 10 Amcom revenue by service division 2012 - 2014
Table 11 Amcom's acquisitions 2001 - 2014
Table 12 iiNet total revenue 2004 - 2015
Table 13 iiNet key financial statistics 2007 - 2015
Table 14 iiNet ARPU by service 2008 - 2014
Table 15 iiNet total revenue (historic) 1997 - 2003
Table 16 Historic - iiNet active subscribers 1997 - 2004
Table 17 iiNet active subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 18 iiNet internet subscribers by type 2007 - 2014
Table 19 iiNet voice subscribers by type 2007 - 2014
Table 20 iiNet DSLAM exchanges 2009; 2011 - 2012
Table 21 iiNet's acquisitions 2003 - 2014
Table 22 Internode ADSL2+ statistical overview 2006 - 2012
Table 23 iiNet business revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 24 Macquarie key financial indicators 2008 - 2015
Table 25 Macquarie revenue by division 2004 - 2015
Table 26 Macquarie revenue by division 2004 - 2014
Table 27 Macquarie annual change in revenue by division 2005 - 2014
Table 28 Macquarie revenue contribution by division 2004 - 2014
Table 29 Macquarie Telco division revenue and annual change 2011 - 2015
Table 30 M2 key financial parameters 2015
Table 31 M2 key financial parameters 2013 - 2014
Table 32 M2 revenue by segment FY2014
Table 33 M2 revenue by product FY2014
Table 34 M2 key financial parameters 2012 - 2013
Table 35 M2 revenue makeup and annual change 2004 - 2015
Table 36 M2 key financial performance indicators 2004 - 2015
Table 37 M2 voice services performance indicators 2013 - 2015
Table 38 M2 mobile services performance indicators 2013 - 2014
Table 39 M2 internet services performance indicators 2013 - 2014
Table 40 M2 energy services performance indicators 2013 - 2014
Table 41 M2's acquisitions 2005 - 2013
Table 42 TPG revenue and annual change 2001 - 2015
Table 43 TPG revenue breakdown by market segment (consumer) 2010 - 2015
Table 44 TPG revenue breakdown by division 2009 2015
Table 45 TPG broadband ARPU 2009 - 2015
Table 46 TPG broadband subscribers on/off-net and bundled 2008 - 2015
Table 47 TPG on-net versus Soul off-net home phone subscribers, annual change 2009 - 2015
Table 48 Historic - TPG versus Soul mobile subscribers 2008 - 2015
Chart 1 Overview of selected second-tier telcos revenue 2010 - 2014
Chart 2 Overview of Amcom revenue 2000 - 2014
Chart 3 Overview of Amcom key financial indicators 2010 - 2014
Chart 4 Overview of Amcom revenue by service division 2009 - 2013
Chart 5 Overview of iiNet revenue and annual change 2004 - 2015
Chart 6 Overview of iiNet monthly ARPU by service 2009 - 2014
Chart 7 Overview of Macquarie key performance financial indicators 2008 - 2015
Chart 8 Overview of M2 revenue makeup and annual change 2007 - 2015
Chart 9 TPG revenue and annual change 2007 - 2015
Chart 10 Overview of TPG on-net versus off-net broadband subscribers 2007 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Amcom Telecommunications Limited (Amcom) at a glance
Exhibit 2 Amcom overview of products and services by division
Exhibit 3 Subsidiary companies
Exhibit 4 iiNet Limited (iiNet) at a glance
Exhibit 5 TransACT Communications Pty Ltd (TransACT) at a glance 2011
Exhibit 6 Network FttK coverage
Exhibit 7 Broadband ISPs over TransACT network
Exhibit 8 TransACT brief company history
Exhibit 9 Internode Pty Limited (Internode) at a glance 2012
Exhibit 10 Internode brief company history
Exhibit 11 Macquarie Telecom (Macquarie) at a glance
Exhibit 12 Macquarie Telecom data network PoPs
Exhibit 13 M2 Telecommunications Group Limited (M2) at a glance
Exhibit 14 M2 services and target market by brand
Exhibit 15 Primus Telecommunications Australia at a glance
Exhibit 16 Primus brief company history
Exhibit 17 Nextgen Networks Pty Limited (Nextgen Group Holdings) at a glance
Exhibit 18 The Regional Backbone Blackspots Program completed rollouts
Exhibit 19 An overview of the blackspots program rollout
Exhibit 20 Nextgen network distances and construction dates
Exhibit 21 TPG Telecom Limited (TPG) at a glance including key results
Exhibit 22 TPG Competitive Analysis Profile Highlights
Exhibit 23 TPG Competitive Analysis Profile

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