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ACCC announces clearance of the Foxtel and Fox Sports merger

Telstra News

Posted on December 7, 2017

1 min read

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced this morning that it ‘has decided not to oppose the proposed merger of Fox Sports and Foxtel after finding the transaction would not substantially lessen competition’.

In August 2017, Telstra and News Corp announced our intention to combine Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia into a new company, ‘one that is well positioned to deliver premium sports as well as home-grown, original and international entertainment’.

We today welcomed the ACCC’s decision to clear the combination of Foxtel and Fox Sports into a new company.

The transaction remains subject to the conclusion of definitive agreements and the satisfaction of certain other conditions.

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Technology empowering healthcare providers and patients

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Posted on January 20, 2017

4 min read

As Telstra Health moves into the next stage of its evolution from greenfield business to an established service provider, Group Executive New Businesses, Cynthia Whelan, explains how Telstra is using technology to connect up the Australian health system.

We often hear about the growing burden of healthcare costs. People are living longer and chronic health conditions are more prevalent, putting stress on an already stretched the healthcare system. People are also more connected, expecting services and information at their fingertips.

In 2014 we launched Telstra Health as a standalone business in the belief that technology can play a key role in solving the particular challenges faced by the healthcare sector in Australia.

Since then we have invested more than $240 million in acquiring or partnering with 18 innovative health software and analytics companies. We have established a team of around 800 healthcare technology experts serving thousands of customers in the pharmacy, hospital, primary diagnostic, Indigenous health and aged, disability and community care sectors in Australia, as well as Government and insurance companies.  In this way we do not see ourselves as a healthcare provider but rather we provide tailored technology solutions to help the health industry find better ways of delivering healthcare in Australia.

As a result of these investments we now provide secure messaging services supporting five million exchanges of health information every year; enable access to more than three million health reports and diagnostic images online to radiographers, pathologists and patients; and provide software that administers 250 million electronic prescriptions for pharmacies each year and supports two-thirds of Aboriginal health services.

At Telstra Health we have completed our acquisition phase and our focus is now on integrating these capabilities and utilising them to deliver new services.  For example, we are drawing on our existing capabilities to deliver the National Cancer Screening Register for the Commonwealth Government to create a single electronic record for bowel and cervical cancer screening for millions of Australians.

Our goal long term for health is to provide tailored technology solutions the help improve health delivery, connect the healthcare ecosystem and give patients better access to their health information and services.

It is clear the sector faces some big challenges when it comes to digitising information and processes, making existing systems talk to each other and managing the growing demands being placed on it. Our customers in the health industry would like integrated and interoperable software and open platforms to help them provide better, more efficient services to patients. Achieving this will be our focus for the next phase of our business evolution.

We see some exciting opportunities for us to build platforms that help patients, healthcare providers, Government agencies and insurance companies connect with each other. For example, we are in discussions with providers on building a secure app for patients where they can manage doctor appointments and referrals, access records and images, fill prescriptions and communicate with their insurance company all in the one place.

We believe these sorts of open platforms will breakdown silos in the sector and allow providers to innovate and deliver better patient outcomes at a lower cost.

We also see opportunities to play a role in helping deliver government priorities in health.  We are already working hard to deliver the National Cancer Screening Register and are looking at how our software and platforms might maximise the benefits of government initiatives, such as My Health Record and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

As the healthcare sector pursues its digital transformation journey, we will continue to invest in Telstra Health to integrate and enhance our capabilities to develop new platforms that deliver new services to our customers. As we combine our capabilities into an integrated software and platforms business, Telstra Health can be the technology partner of choice and empower Australia’s healthcare sector to find better ways to serve patients in a connected world.


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Celebrating inspirational women in Asia

Telstra Business Women's Awards

Posted on September 29, 2016

3 min read

In 2016, for the first time the Telstra Business Women’s Awards will have an Award celebrating a successful female business leader who lives and works in Asia.  Telstra Executive and former Telstra Business Woman Award winner, Cynthia Whelan, shares her thoughts on the inspirational seven women who have been shortlisted as finalists for the inaugural Asia award.

As someone who has lived and worked in Asia and today is focused on supporting Telstra’s growth, I have seen that female under-representation in in leadership roles is as acute in the Asia-Pacific region as it is in most other parts of the world.

Many communities in Asia are undergoing profound transformation driven by economic development, increased education, new technology and the maturing of large, young populations.  This transformation creates opportunities for positive change and it is incredibly important we act now to address the under representation of women in senior leadership roles in business and government.

One way to help encourage change in this area is to publicly celebrate women who are successful in business, in order to create role models, demonstrate to the broader community what can be achieved and facilitate a network of female leaders. This is why I am a passionate supporter of the new Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award.

We’ve recently announced the seven fantastic women who have made the final shortlist for the Award – one each from Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. They are:

  • Anu Sheela Themudu is the co-founder of iGene, a pioneering venture in the eHealth sector in Malaysia.
  • Beth Lui is the CEO of APEC Schools which provides affordable, quality education to children living in dense urban communities in the Philippines.
  • Gabby Costigan had a distinguished international career in the Australian Defence Force before taking on the role of CEO of Linfox Asia based in Thailand.
  • Kimberley Cole is based in Hong Kong and leads the sales force of Thomson Reuters across Asia.
  • Marion Fromm established Cambodian Harvest Dried Fruit Co., which is a leading manufacturer of processed fruit products providing employment and education for people with disabilities
  • Rituparna Chakraborty is a co-founder of TeamLease Service which has found employment for more than 1.6 million people in India.
  • Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo established, one of the first internet based companies in Indonesia.

At Telstra, we are very proud to have such a high calibre group of outstanding women as our first finalists for the Telstra Business Women in Asia Award.

This group of amazing women come from all walks of life, with different cultures and backgrounds, different ages and different experiences, and they all possess a passion for making a real difference.  Whether it is an enthusiastic tech entrepreneur shaping the tech landscape in Indonesia, or a 77-year-old businesswoman who moved from her home country set up a food business offering a future for people with disabilities, each one of these women had the drive and commitment necessary to overcome barriers in order to achieve their success.

Through celebrating these brilliant women in Asia, we hope to empower and inspire more women across the region to pursue their dreams.

In the lead up to the gala dinner in mid-November in Melbourne where the winner of our inaugural Asia Award will be announced alongside the other Telstra Business Women Award winners, we’ll be catching up with some of the finalists and share their inspirational stories here. Watch this space.


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Celebrating brilliant business women in Asia

Telstra Business Women's Awards

Posted on April 27, 2016

3 min read

An old Chinese proverb says that “women hold up half the sky”, so why aren’t there more women in the senior ranks of companies in the Asia Pacific region?

The proportion of women in executive roles and sitting on boards in Asia is low relative to Europe and North America, even though women are also under-represented in those regions.

The McKinsey ‘Women Matter’ report found that in China, on average women account for eight per cent of seats on corporate boards and nine per cent of those on executive committees. Meanwhile in India, Japan and South Korea, executive committee participation rates for women are less than five per cent.

As is the case in Australia, clearly, there’s a lot of work to do in Asia.

Study after study shows that women who work and are financially independent have greater control over their own lives, and make a positive political and economic contribution to their extended families, their communities and their countries.

Securing parity for women in business is not only the right thing to do, it makes good sense economically. Among Fortune 500 companies, those with the highest representation of women on their boards on average outperform those with the lowest.

At Telstra, we believe attracting, retaining and celebrating the best and brightest women enhances and strengthens an organisation, which is why I’m delighted Australia’s longest running and most esteemed women’s award program, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards is introducing a new category to recognise business women across Asia.

We’ve operated internationally for more than 70 years, but since the Telstra Business Women’s Awards began in 1995, the business landscape has transformed, the world has become more connected and Telstra’s ambitions have evolved to become truly global. That’s why we’re extending the Awards to also include brilliant business women in Asia who have the passion, courage and determination to challenge the status quo.

Before I joined Telstra I was a Business Women’s Award recipient and I found the experience very rewarding. It provided me the opportunity to assess my capabilities and develop new skills, build a network of incredibly successful women and gave my team some well-deserved recognition.

I invite you to join this celebration – either by nominating yourself or someone you know – to recognise those women in businesses throughout Asia who are passionate, courageous and ready to challenge the accepted way of doing things.

Nominations for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards are now open and entries for the 2016 program open on Monday 2 May.

I wish you all the best of luck!

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Technology and the energy opportunity

Tech and Innovation

Posted on February 5, 2016

3 min read

As technology continues to transform the way we all work and live, exciting opportunities are emerging in the energy space. Developments across solar energy and storage, software, connected home and the Internet of Things are opening up ways to utilise renewable energy as well as make energy consumption more dynamic and efficient.

With our extensive national operations, including thousands of exchanges and a network of data centres and cables providing services to millions of consumers and businesses, Telstra is a reasonably heavy energy user.  We have a longstanding program to deliver better environmental outcomes when it comes to energy.  Last year, while the data loads carried over our network increased by 36%, our total carbon emissions decreased by 1.3% and our emissions intensity per terabyte of data fell by 27%.  As an example of what we are doing to reduce emissions, our Operations team recently installed solar power systems at our Lyndhurst and Deer Park Exchanges in Victoria.

We are now establishing a dedicated project team to identify ways that technology can help improve our energy efficiency even further and to see what opportunities might exist to collaborate with other companies on energy initiatives.

Heading up this team will be Ben Burge, who is joining Telstra in the coming weeks from online renewable energy company Powershop.  Ben will bring extensive experience in the energy and technology sectors and we are excited by the potential to combine his knowledge with our expertise in networks and connectivity.

As a company with a large portfolio of physical infrastructure across Australia, we see some real opportunities to use technology to become more efficient at managing our energy use.  Solar energy and improvements in battery technology will be an area of particular focus, and we are looking at potential partnerships with energy and technology companies as well as our enterprise customers.

The home is another area where technology is creating opportunities in the energy sector.

Telstra connects more Australians to the things they love and enjoy than anyone else, and the number and diversity of things to connect is rapidly increasing.  I attended CES in Las Vegas this year and saw everything from smart dishwashers that run themselves when energy costs are lowest, to an app integrating weather data with home thermostats, to the much publicised connected fridge.

Driven by these sorts of products, researchers have forecast the number of connected machines to increase to more than 10 billion by 2019.  Energy related devices, such as smart meters, smart light bulbs and connected white goods, are helping drive compound annual growth for Connected Home devices of more than 25% over this period.

As part of being a world class technology company empowering people to connect, we are looking at the opportunities to help customers monitor and manage many different aspects of the home, including energy.  This is all part of delivering what our customers want in an increasingly connected world.


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