A consumer market hungry for data is driving competition and leading to better service offerings for Australians, according to two new reports.

21 April 2016
ACCC 2014–15 telco reports released

A consumer market hungry for data is driving competition and leading to better service offerings for Australians, according to two new reports.

Prepared annually by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the reports provide a snapshot of the fast paced and rapidly evolving communications sector.

The Telecommunications Competitive Safeguards for 2014–15 report shows the key competition development during 2014–15 was the consumer demand for data and in particular, video streaming services. Service providers are now offering greater amounts of data to customers, and investing in their mobile and fixed-line networks to ensure they can meet the growing demand for data.

The report also shows that the nbn rollout continues to gain momentum, with the total number of premises with an active nbn service increasing by 130 per cent from 30 June 2014 to 30 June 2015.

The Changes in the Prices Paid for Telecommunications Services in Australia 2014–15 report shows that service providers have increased data allowances by more than 70 per cent for DSL internet services while allowances for post-paid mobile services have more than doubled. Coupled with the increase in data allowances was a drop in the overall pricing for telecommunications services, falling 0.5 per cent from the previous year.

The reports are available on the ACCC website.