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Vodafone has said it's hoping that the rollout of the National Broadband Network will give it the chance to improve country mobile services. In evidence to the Joint Parliamentary Inquiry into the National Broadband Network on Friday April 19, the junior member of Australia's three-strong mobile carrier club identified Telstra's …

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"In evidence to the Joint Parliamentary Inquiry into the National Broadband Network on Friday April 19, the junior member of Australia's three-strong mobile carrier club identified Telstra's near-monopoly over some regional backhaul routes as a constraint to competitive service outside Australia's cities."

Perhaps they could explain why their network is so shit in cities then?

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"By comparison, he said, for players like Vodafone and Optus, “the backhaul charges are extremely high”, with consequent impacts on what services they can offer."

Then they should put in their own cables.

The fiber routes didn't just materialize out of thin air. They were installed by Telstra from money that would have been payed as dividends to it's shareholders (including me).

If I forgo my income in order to invest it in infrastructure then surely I am entitled to earn a fair return on that investment. The limit to the "fairness" of that return? The market place. If they don't consider it fair, they can just build a competing product.

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