To the editor,
I am still trying to digest Telstra's insipid
justification of the government's telecommunications monopoly in your
Telstra was forced to accept competition in its home
country with the floating of a rival company. Since then Telstra has gone on to
earn record profits on much reduced margins, as lower prices increased demand.
Competition improved services so much that Australian consumers were
Most human consumption is directly linked to price
sensitiveness. In Cambodia, the charge rates are so disproportionate to the rest
of the world that most expats only receive calls or organize with head office a
daily calling time.
Every month the MPTC sends me a letter advising that
I have not paid the phone bill. Every month I photocopy my remittance advises
and send them back to the MPTC. Just how this money is reinvested into Cambodia
is anyone's guess.
Government monopolies do nothing for any country,
except distort behavior and promote inefficiencies. They are a common
denominator in the third world and societies should not have to tolerate
Would Telstra please release it's Cambodian market research on the
elasticity of demand and then explain how it is planning to maximize
- Name & address withheld.