Media Release, 17 January 2012

Telstra today announced that its Regional and Rural Presence Plan for  2012-15 is open for consultation as required under Licence Condition 32 of the Carrier Licence Conditions (Telstra Corporation Limited) Declaration 1997 (Amendment No. 2 of 2005).

Telstra Country Wide Executive Director, Rebekah O’Flaherty, said the draft plan demonstrates Telstra’s ongoing commitment to regional, rural and remote Australia and is publicly available for comment over the next 42 days. 

“Telstra’s dedication and commitment to serving the needs of regional customers is long standing and will continue in the future,” said Ms O’Flaherty.

Telstra’s Carrier Licence also requires the company to maintain a local presence in regional, rural and remote Australia to the extent that this is broadly compatible with the licensee’s overall commercial interests and is not unduly prescriptive and does not impose undue financial and administrative burdens on the company.

While the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network has resulted in major changes in the Australian telecommunications sector in recent years, Telstra’s commitment to rural and regional Australia remains unchanged.  

“Before we provide our draft plan to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Government regulation requires Telstra to publish the plan and we invite comment,” said Ms O’Flaherty.

“Telstra prides itself on its commitment to delivering leading products and services to our customers in every corner of Australia. We know our customers have more choice than ever before and we have to constantly improve the value we offer.

“Continuing upgrades to our mobile network, including the introduction of 4G in more than 50 regional locations last year, is demonstrable proof of our commitment,” said Ms O’Flaherty.

Telstra’s draft 2012 Regional and Rural Presence Plan is available for comment until Sunday 26 February at telstra.com.au/abouttelstra/commitments/regional-rural-presence-plan/.