The telecommunications sector is a vital part of the economy. Wide spanning and modern telecommunications infrastructure enables business and trade, and consequently, significant emphasis is placed on its expansion and upkeep in all tiers of government.
While this industry is becoming increasingly integrated with the radio communications and broadcasting industries, the measure of its growth and quality remains important. Much of the industry and infrastructural growth of the communications industry has been facilitated by technological advancement, allowing for significant expansion of existing infrastructure.
This FACT indicates the Cost Price Index of the telecommunications services in each Australian state and territory. In other words, this index indicates the price paid for this utility, using the 2011-12 index of 100 as a base.