The Minister for Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, openly congratulated Vodafone for recently connecting its first trial customers to the NBN.
“It is terrific to see that a global giant like Vodafone considers the conditions are now right for it to enter the fixed line market in Australia for the first time by connecting customers to the NBN,” Senator Conroy said.
By attracting new entrants like Vodafone, Conroy highlighted that wholesale open access to the NBN is finally creating a level playing field for providers in Australia.
“Contrary to claims that the NBN is anti-competitive, Vodafone’s decision to enter the fixed line services market demonstrates that structural reform is increasing retail service competition leading to a more dynamic and innovative market,” he added.
Despite Vodafone mainly known as a mobile network operator around the world, Vodafone’s entry into the fixed line market is a first for the company in Australia and opens up the possibility of the company becoming a potential retail service provider for the NBN.
“The decision by a predominantly mobiles-only operator such as Vodafone to offer services over the NBN reflects the complementary nature of wireless and fixed networks,” Conroy said.