Australia’s telecom costs skyrocket: OECD report

According to the OECD Communications Outlook, published this month, the average telecommunications connection in Australia, be it wireless or fixed line, cost the user US$1,135 in 2011. Across the OECD, only Swiss consumers pay more for their telecommunications, and only just. The typical Aussie customer was paying 73 percent more than the OECD average.The figure represents a massive spike in revenue in this corner of the world. Between 2009 and 2011, OECD access revenue increased by just 1 percent — in Australia, it rose by almost 50 percent. In 2009, we were in fourth place, and, at just 17 percent above the average, we were close to the middle of the pack.

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