Feeds

Telstra creates new digital unit - tosses in fun stuff

Poaches TVNZ CEO with $AU100m to spend on gear

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Telstra has re-focussed its ambitions to morph into a media-centric carrier, consolidating all its media businesses into a single division - Telstra Digital Media.

Telstra’s digital media assets, including Foxtel, earn $AU4 billion in annual revenue and employ approximately 4,000 people. The new division will manage Telstra’s end-to-end media capabilities from Sensis, BigPond, Trading Post, IPTV, Foxtel and its raft of content arrangements.

The new unit will also invest $AU100 million over four years to upgrade its media infrastructure for consumer and enterprise grade services. “As digital media and video content continues to grow it is important that we build network infrastructure to meet this demand. We will also continue to integrate this content, making it available to our customers across multiple channels including mobiles, tablets, home entertainment systems and the internet,” Telstra CEO David Thodey said.

Highlighting Telstra’s aggressive move into IPTV, the carrier has poached TVNZ’s CEO Rick Ellis.

Ellis, a ten-year veteran of the New Zealand broadcaster announced his resignation from TVNZ this morning, with Thodey later revealing his new role.

"I was presented with this opportunity and when I reflected on the scale of it and the interesting stage that media and communications are at in the Australian marketplace it was obviously of interest to me," Ellis said. He will take up the role which reports to Thodey in early 2012.

The new management structure will see Bruce Akhurst, the CEO of Sensis, and JB Rousselot, the head of Media, reporting directly to Ellis.

Telstra affirmed that it is on track to achieve its guidance of low single digit percentage growth in total revenue and EBITDA at Telstra’s annual update for institutional investors. The September quarter reflected strong growth in mobile customer numbers and had also added fixed broadband customers. Thodey warned that there had been a shift in the mix of growth expected in fiscal 2012.

Significantly Sensis, once an advertising cash cow, had experienced satisfactory but lower than expected take-up of digital products by SME customers.

Additionally, the rate of decline in Yellow print directories has also risen significantly as market dynamics change more rapidly than expected. Sensis is expected to post percentage declines in the high teens for the full year, driven mostly by the demise of the Yellow print directory.

He also reported that work on fixing customer service issues was proving effective generating $AU622 million in productivity benefits in fiscal 2011 and are flagged to deliver an even greater benefit in fiscal 2012. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.