November 30, 2017 / 9:14 PM / a year ago

Telstra cuts FY18 earnings forecast on nbn rollout impact

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Australia’s biggest telecom company, Telstra Corp Ltd, cut its earnings guidance for the current financial year by A$600 million ($453.84 million)on Friday, as delays in the rollout of a new government-owned broadband network hurt income.

The company cut its forecast for 2018 full-year earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to A$10.1 billion - A$10.6 billion from a prediction in August for earnings between A$10.7 billion and A$11.2 billion. The average forecast from analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S was for full-year EBITDA of about A$10.9 billion.

Australia’s government-owned National Broadband Network is usurping Telstra’s status as the country’s monopoly telecoms wholesaler, and will replace Telstra’s copper lines with fibre-optic by about 2021.

$1 = 1.3221 Australian dollars Reporting by Tom Westbrook and Aditya Soni in Bengaluru; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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