On Wednesday 9 August 2017, Madgwicks’ Partner, Dudley Kneller had the pleasure of interviewing Iñaki Berroeta, CEO of Vodafone Hutchison Australia at an American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham) luncheon on the topic of Telecommunications in Australia at Crown, Melbourne.

This “fireside chat” explored the current state of the telecommunications industry in Australia, how telecommunication providers can maximise opportunities for consumers, current and future technologies, as well as the challenges Australia must overcome to ensure the country reaches its full potential going forward.

Some key points and comments raised in yesterday’s discussion included:

  • Infrastructure: To be a player in the industry you must be committed to ongoing and high levels of investment in infrastructure and new technologies.
  • telecommunications5G: This new technology will offer consumers and businesses a range of exciting opportunities that haven’t been seen before. The challenges of the Government run spectrum auction still need to be safely negotiated by the industry which will present risk and opportunity in the short term.
  • NBN: All parties need to cooperate and work together closely for nbn and the retail service provider community to deliver fast, efficient and cost effective services to Australian consumers and businesses.
  • Spectrum: This is a challenging, yet exciting opportunity for Australia with the advent of 5G just round the corner. Perhaps an opportunity to see how some overseas markets have more effectively managed the auction process.
  • Leadership: It goes without saying that the best approach to this is to surround yourself with bright and capable people, and to allow them to do their job.
  • Going forward in Australia: Whilst the current ‘telecommunications’ space in Australia could be seen as being crowded, there is room for growth and focusing on points of difference.

Madgwicks would like to thank Vodafone for its participation, AmCham for the opportunity to sponsor this event, and all the members and guests who attended the luncheon and helped make it both interesting and insightful.