Government demands Telstra split 澳大利亚政府敦促Telstra公司
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The Australian government has strengthened its demand for the country's biggest telephone company, Telstra, to break up.


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Telstra's fixed line revenue is dropping

Telstra is being asked to split its retail2 operations from its wholesale3(批发的,大规模的) network.

The government says this would help in the roll-out of a national broadband network worth A$43bn ($30bn, £20.9bn).

The government has been warning of a major regulatory(管理的,控制的) shakeup of the telcoms industry.

"It is the government's clear desire for Telstra to structurally4 separate, on a voluntary and cooperative basis," said Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

Telstra has not yet responded to the demand.

Cable tangle5

Telstra was a state-owned monopoly(垄断专利) before it went mostly private in 2006.

It owns the country's aging copper6 telecommunications network.

This could be made redundant7(多余的) as the government pursues its plan for super-fast broadband across the country.

Roll-out of this new network would go faster if existing telecommunications providers folded into it.

Legislation underpinning8 the network was unveiled by Mr Conroy and is to be submitted to parliament.

It gives stronger powers to Australia's competition watchdog and bars Telstra from additional wireless9 spectrum10(光谱,范围) until separation is completed.

The plans will also force Telstra to sell off its cable network and interests in pay TV arm Foxtel, and prevent it from acquiring additional mobile spectrum.

Telstra shares slumped11 shortly after the announcement.

Profits drop

Last month, the new chief executive of Telstra, David Thodey, downgraded earnings12 targets despite a 10% rise in profits over the year to June.

Telstra's mobile operations have been doing well but profits on fixed line business is dropping.

Mr Thodey said in August that Telstra was "engaging constructively13" with Canberra on the new nationwide network plan.

But he added that Telstra also had a duty to look after shareholders14.


1 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
2 retail VWoxC     
  • In this shop they retail tobacco and sweets.这家铺子零售香烟和糖果。
  • These shoes retail at 10 yuan a pair.这些鞋子零卖10元一双。
3 wholesale Ig9wL     
  • The retail dealer buys at wholesale and sells at retail.零售商批发购进货物,以零售价卖出。
  • Such shoes usually wholesale for much less.这种鞋批发出售通常要便宜得多。
4 structurally b9ab462aabf667bfba00ea360ed6c929     
  • The house roof was (structurally) unsound. 这屋顶(结构)不牢固。
  • Pinhole on shot-hole damage is never structurally significant. 针孔和蛀洞所造成的危害对结构的影响不大。
5 tangle yIQzn     
  • I shouldn't tangle with Peter.He is bigger than me.我不应该与彼特吵架。他的块头比我大。
  • If I were you, I wouldn't tangle with them.我要是你,我就不跟他们争吵。
6 copper HZXyU     
  • The students are asked to prove the purity of copper.要求学生们检验铜的纯度。
  • Copper is a good medium for the conduction of heat and electricity.铜是热和电的良导体。
7 redundant Tt2yO     
  • There are too many redundant words in this book.这本书里多余的词太多。
  • Nearly all the redundant worker have been absorbed into other departments.几乎所有冗员,都已调往其他部门任职。
8 underpinning 7431aa77983d1e766a4ef27b6d3f1735     
n.基础材料;基础结构;(学说、理论等的)基础;(人的)腿v.用砖石结构等从下面支撑(墙等)( underpin的现在分词 );加固(墙等)的基础;为(论据、主张等)打下基础;加强
  • Underpinning this success has been an exemplary record of innovation. 具有典范性的创新确保了这次成功。 来自辞典例句
  • But underpinning Mr Armstrong's technology changes is a human touch. 但阿姆斯特朗技术变革的支柱是人情味。 来自互联网
9 wireless Rfwww     
  • There are a lot of wireless links in a radio.收音机里有许多无线电线路。
  • Wireless messages tell us that the ship was sinking.无线电报告知我们那艘船正在下沉。
10 spectrum Trhy6     
  • This is a kind of atomic spectrum.这是一种原子光谱。
  • We have known much of the constitution of the solar spectrum.关于太阳光谱的构成,我们已了解不少。
11 slumped b010f9799fb8ebd413389b9083180d8d     
大幅度下降,暴跌( slump的过去式和过去分词 ); 沉重或突然地落下[倒下]
  • Sales have slumped this year. 今年销售量锐减。
  • The driver was slumped exhausted over the wheel. 司机伏在方向盘上,疲惫得睡着了。
12 earnings rrWxJ     
  • That old man lives on the earnings of his daughter.那个老人靠他女儿的收入维持生活。
  • Last year there was a 20% decrease in his earnings.去年他的收入减少了20%。
13 constructively mvyzps     
  • Collecting, by occupying spare time so constructively, makes a person contented, with no time for boredom. 如此富有意义地利用业余时间来进行收藏,会使人怡然自得,无暇烦恼。
  • The HKSAR will continue to participate constructively in these activities. 香港会继续积极参与这些活动。
14 shareholders 7d3b0484233cf39bc3f4e3ebf97e69fe     
n.股东( shareholder的名词复数 )
  • The meeting was attended by 90% of shareholders. 90%的股东出席了会议。
  • the company's fiduciary duty to its shareholders 公司对股东负有的受托责任