The telecommunications sector closed down 2.6%, in contrast to the ASX 200 which moved up a healthy 3.4% to 3345.
In the telecommunications sector the majors all declined.
Telstra (ASX:TLS) dropped 9c to $3.06. Singtel (ASX:SGT) and Telecom NZ (ASX:TEL) both dropped 2c to close at $2.44 and $1.08 respectively.
Stratatel (ASX:STE) fell 9.6% to close at 4.7c
Two of the brighter spots in telecommunications were SP Telemedia (ASX:SOT) and Pipe Networks (ASX:PWK).
SP Telemedia rose 1.5c to close at 13.5c, a move of over 12%, likely assisted by its recent inclusion in the ASX200 after Babcock & Brown’s demise.
Pipe Networks moved up 4c to close at $3.04
IINet (ASX:IIN) also moved up 5c to close at $1.30 a move of 4%.