Australia – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband


TPG and Telstra sign network sharing agreement

Sydney, June 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This edition of the BuddeComm report, just released, outlines the latest developments and key trends in telecommunications markets. –

These three MNOs have long provided extended services based on LTE, but since 2020 they have focused on the 5G platform.

5G services have been buoyed by recent spectrum auctions, although industry bodies including AMTA have called for at least an additional 8 GHz of spectrum to be reserved for 5G services by 2030. Spectrum that should be made available would cover low, mid and mmWave bands. This would be optimal for urban areas as well as sparsely populated rural environments.

The additional spectrum would also help the MVNO sector, which has been held back for a few years by the inability of these smaller operators to access 5G services from their host networks. This in turn hampered their ability to develop a stronger subscriber base. Optus was the first MNO to provide 5G access to MVNOs, with Telstra planning to do so later in 2022.

Telstra’s 5G infrastructure aims to deliver data at up to 10Gb/s, but focuses less on boosting data speeds and more on connectivity. This is in order to meet the future challenges created by the IoT sector, in which a vast range of devices and devices can be interconnected. In June 2022, the company offered coverage of 85% of the population with 5G.

TPG Telecom is building a Nokia-based 5G network (after the government banned its former supplier Huawei from all 5G networks), and by early 2022 the company claimed 85% population coverage in the ten largest cities. and regions of the country.

Optus was also forced to abandon Huawei and has since developed a multi-vendor approach to its 5G rollout, in partnership with Ericsson and Nokia. The first service, launched in January 2019, was priced to compete with the landline services offered on the NBN. Optus now operates over 1,000 5G sites in capital cities, as well as key areas outside of these cities.

Key developments:

  • Vocus Group Accepts $3.5 Billion Takeover Offer From Consortium Including MIRA and Aware Super;

  • TPG and Telstra sign ten-year agreement to share network assets;

  • TPG Telecom sells its remaining tower portfolio for A$950 million;

  • ACMA closes 850/900 MHz auction;

  • $811.8 million is allocated by the government for mobile hotspot programs;

  • Southern Cross NEXT cable system lands in Sydney;

  • ACCC Proposes Amendments to NBN Co’s Wholesale Pricing SAU, Extending Mandate to FttN and Copper Connections;

  • 99% of premises can access fixed broadband with minimum speeds of 25Mb/s;

  • Oman Australia Cable is expected to be completed by mid-2022;

  • The report update includes operator data up to Q1 2022, regulator market data updates, recent market developments.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

42-24, AARNET, Aldi Mobile, amaysim, Austar, ACCC, ACMA, Aware Super, Basslink Telecoms, Bechtel, Boost Mobile, BTB Australia, Fibercorp, H2 Cable, Hawaiki Submarine Cable, Hayu, Hulu, iiNet, Indosat Ooredoo , Inmarsat, Kogan, Lebara Mobile, Linfox, LoRa Alliance, M2, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), Macquarie Telecom, NBN Co, New Skies Satellite, O3b, Omantel, OneWeb, OPENetworks, OptiComm, OPT-NC, Optus, Ovo Mobile, PCCW, Pivit, Primus, RedTrain, SingTel, Softbank, SpaceX, Spark New Zealand, TasNetworks, Telstra, Thinxtra, TPG Telecom, TransACT, Uniti Group, Unwired, VHA, Viasat, Virgin Mobile, Vocus

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