Telstra suffers blow to Optus in federal court

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Telstra suffers blow to Optus in federal court

Over rival's network coverage claims.

Telstra has had its federal court case against Optus thrown out of court.

Telstra alleged that its rival was misleading customers over the size of its mobile network.
Justice Jagot dismissed the case on Friday and ordered Telstra to pay Optus’ legal costs.

In late July Telstra launched legal action against Optus over an advertising campaign focused on the improvements of its mobile network, with the tagline “covering more of Australia than ever before.”

Telstra alleged that the ads suggested that Optus’ network covers more of Australia than all other telcos.

The Optus ad campaign in question involved video clips of people at various locations like a farm, a suburban neighbourhood, beaches, city centres and more. The telco at the time also uploaded 13 of the 15-second clips on its official YouTube account.

When the suit was first filed Optus vice president for regulatory and public affairs Andrew Sheridan offered a statement to CRN.

“With our main competitor lifting prices during a pandemic, this action provides Optus with the opportunity to remind their customers we are a fantastic alternative with a premium national network, excellent service and superior value that they don’t have to pay more for,” Sheridan said.

“Optus’ national mobile network covers more of Australia than ever before because it’s our biggest and best network on the back of over $6 billion of investment since 2015. We will continue to talk it up because it provides coverage where it matters most to people, where they live, work and play, whether it be in Sydney, Oodnadatta, Southport, Ayr or Dubbo.

“We are proud of our national network’s depth and breadth of coverage and see this action as a clear sign that their claimed point of differentiation continues to diminish.”

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