Posted May 04, 2018 07:02:50 The Australian telecommunications network has struggled for years to keep up with changes in technology, with a major shift happening in the way Australians access the internet.
That’s why the ABC spoke to some of the industry’s biggest players, and how they are coping.
In the latest episode of Our World in Motion, the ABC’s digital editor James Bissett interviews Craig McKibbin, the CEO of Vodafone.
“I am a bit of a cynic,” Mr McKibben said.
“We’ve got a little bit of an advantage in terms of spectrum, because there are more people and we are able to deliver more services, but there are some people who are a bit more sceptical about spectrum.”
Vodapro has an extra-high frequency spectrum that is used for phone and internet.
Photo: Rohan Thomson The difference is that in the last few years, it has become harder to buy the spectrum that it needs.
It was used to provide Vodalite service for some years.
“It’s been really difficult,” Mr Bissetts said.
”In my view, it is a bit like the US internet.
There are some big players in the US and the UK, who can do it, but they don’t have the same ability to do it in Australia.
“VODAPRO has an advantage The major players that own the spectrum in Australia are called “licensing carriers”, which are companies that have acquired licences to use that spectrum.
They own the licences and can use it for services like voice, video and broadband.
Vodax, which owns Vodacom, the network operator, said the spectrum they own is much bigger than the spectrum it needs to keep the internet going. “
Licensing carriers are the ones who control the spectrum,” Mr Gaffney said.
Vodax, which owns Vodacom, the network operator, said the spectrum they own is much bigger than the spectrum it needs to keep the internet going.
“The vast majority of the spectrum used by Vodashop is owned by the Vodaslicensing carrier and used for Vodanet, Vodamax, Vodebac, VODanet and Vodavax,” a statement on Vodabac’s website said.
However, Mr McKilben said there was a huge difference between what is happening now and what was going on a decade ago.
“There’s no reason why you would think that if you were buying the spectrum for VOD, that you would need to be paying a licence fee for that,” he said.
That licence fee has been around $US20 million a year since 2008, Mr Giffney said, but now that Vodakapro is taking on the same licence fees, that cost will be cut in half.
“This is going to be the first time in history where we can go from $US40 million to $US50 million,” Mr McGilben added.
“So, that is a huge reduction in the cost of owning the spectrum.”
That is why some people are worried.
“They are looking to the next thing in the market that’s going to solve their problems, which is internet speed,” Mr Dallaire said.
The big players that are looking for spectrum Mr McKivin said there were two main players in this space, and that was Vodacon and VODape.
“Vodacon is the only one that is actively pursuing spectrum,” he explained.
“But, there are others that are interested, and they are trying to get in,” Mr Voday said.
It is difficult for the big players to get into the market, as they don�t have the infrastructure to get there.
The biggest players are looking at other alternatives “If you look at what they’re saying about the next wave of technologies, and the internet, they are all going to have the capability to do that,” Mr Siegel said.
But that is what has been happening for the last decade.
“For the last three or four years, we have been seeing the internet be the fastest in the world,” he added.
And now, he says, there is a big push from competitors to bring the internet to the big three players.
That will create more competition.
“These guys are looking forward to a day when they are going to dominate, and then they are not going to need to compete with anybody else,” Mr Kettel said.
How much spectrum does the network need?
“We think we have enough to provide the basic internet services we currently have,” Mr Eames said.
There is also an “emerging market” for the spectrum.
“What is happening is that there is an emerging market for the services that are currently not being offered in the local market,” Mr Mckinley said.
A key issue with spectrum is cost.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said that for each megabyte of spectrum the network could need to pay $