Natural Monopoly

Australia’s politics, insular policies and categorisation of fixed telecommunications as a natural monopoly have made Australia a global laggard in the provision of broadband services. The return of government ownership of telecoms infrastructure in the form of the National Broadband Network and the continuing lack of investment in fibre infrastructure highlight the political and policy failures.

A look at Hong Kong broadband -- low barriers to entry, aggressive competition, low network build costs, and innovative marketing. Hong Kong has successful rollout of profitable competing Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) across the city, although technical or economic feasibility means 10% to 15% of Hong Kong households do not benefit.

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