One of Telstra's last monopolies in the Australian market is crumbling as the carrier implements preselection for calls originating on its local networks and terminating on mobile networks.
This means Telstra's competitors will be able to offer calls from fixed phones to mobiles, in addition to existing long distance and international products.
The market for fixed to mobile calls is worth more than $A1 billion a year, according to the Australian Communications Authority (ACA).
Telstra has completed fixed to mobile preselection access in the Adelaide area, and is now working to provide it in northern North South Wales (NSW) and North Sydney, said an ACA spokesperson.
Preselection access should be available nationwide from the end of September, the spokesperson said.
Telstra's move follows ACA's decision to mandate fixed to mobile preselection in December 1998.
Tony Shaw, ACA's chairman, commented, "These network changes by Telstra will increase competition over a greater range of services and benefit consumers. Competitors in the market will now have the opportunity to package calls to mobiles with their long distance and international products. We expect service providers to offer real discounts with this broader product range. Consumers will of cause need to shop around to obtain the best deals."