Money Telstra wins legal fight to stop Optus ads

00:06  17 may  2018
00:06  17 may  2018 Source:

The little telco taking on Optus

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Telstra argued the ads misled customers into believing Optus and Telstra 's mobile networks covered 98.5 per cent and 99.3 per cent of the Australian landmass respectively. Telstra spokesman Scott Whiffin said the court's decision was "a win for consumers".

  Telstra wins legal fight to stop Optus ads © Getty Images Telstra has succeeded in getting a court injunction to stop Optus running ads claiming it operates the best mobile network in Australia.

Victoria's Supreme Court granted the injunction on Wednesday, saying that SingTel-owned Optus should "take all necessary steps to withdraw any advertisements or promotional material containing the alleged representation".

"I am satisfied that there is a serious question to be tried in relation to the allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct on the part of Optus," Justice Ross Robson said.

Telstra had argued that the ads should be taken down from billboards in Queensland, NSW and Victoria as well as websites because Optus's claim it is "undisputedly operating the best national mobile network" had been disputed by a 2017 study not supporting such a finding.

Optus fined $1.5 million for misleading NBN customers .
The Federal Court has ordered Optus to pay a penalty of $1.5 million for misleading customers about its National Broadband Network transition process.Optus only gained a $750,000 benefit from its conduct, half the penalty imposed by the court, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).From October 2015 to March 2017, Optus told 14,000 of its customers that their internet services would be cut off in as little as 30 days unless they transitioned to an NBN plan.However, the terms of Optus' contract did not permit disconnections in such a short timeframe.

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