Stories by Sandra Van Dijk and Lauren Thomsen-Moore

'Harsh land' unique reason for high costs

The Australian Telecommunications Users Group (Atug) has slammed claims by Telstra that geographical and population characteristics unique to Australia justify charging significantly higher prices for services than many overseas counterparts.
Telstra announced last week that an 'independent study' by the Productivity Commission supported its high charges because the cost of providing telecommunication services in Australia is more expensive than overseas due to population distribution and natural geography.