Telstra chief executive David Thodey has ruled out expanding the carrier's
operations into the provision of IT services, telling analysts at the
Gartner Symposium in Sydney today that he would rather the company stick to
Telstra is not an IT services company and would "never become an IT services
company," Thodey said.
"Show me a communication services provider that makes money out of an IT
service," he told attendees. "They'd say 'I'll come back to you'.
"And if you can't make money out of something you're probably not giving a
good service to your customers," he said.
It is widely assumed that telecommunications carriers - particularly large
incumbents - were best placed to offer cloud computing services such as
infrastructure or software as a service, being that they own both large
networks and data centres.
But Thodey said today that all companies need to "understand what you do,
and do it well."
He said that that Telstra's core business was its fixed line network and
NextG wireless service.