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Topic # 7570 25-Apr-2006 10:28
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Of course Telstra wants a single Australia-NZ telecommunications environment. The infrastructure here is already deployed, they can come and lobby for LLU and then start providing services without spending anything in infrastructure.

The telco has told a parliamentary inquiry into the Australia and New Zealand Closer Economic Relations (CER) trade agreement there were many benefits in a single market.

Telstra regulatory affairs manager Dr Tony Warren said Australian and New Zealand travellers could save more than $30 million a year in international mobile roaming charges.

Mobile charges could fall from an international roaming rate of up to $2.80 per minute to domestic rates - which vary from 36 cents a minute to $1 a minute depending on the plan.

"You could call Coogee or Bondi by mobile like they were suburbs of Auckland," Dr Warren said in a statement.

Other benefits included savings on the rollout of new technology and networks, a single contract and bill for trans-Tasman businesses, cuts in red tape and a trans-Tasman mobile market with operators offering subscribers seamless service on both sides of the Tasman.

Yeah, right. Like all New Zealanders have a reason to call Bondi...

What worries me is that they might as well pull this one off - just check Air New Zealand and QANTAS. They couldn't merge, but they managed to get to the code share point. Where to from here?

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Reply # 33850 25-Apr-2006 12:52
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Isn't it ironic that Vodafone are now switching away from the exact same thing? There big grand plan was to do just that and look what's happened now when the pencil pushers realise realise there is no real need to do that because you can make more money keeping the status quo!

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