The ACCC has decided to block the proposed merger between TPG Telecom Limited and Vodafone Hutchison Australia. Whene large companies in markets where ownership is concentrated want to merge, the ACCC looks into whether there's public benefit in either approving or refusing the deal. The ACCC has deemed that the proposed deal has the potential to stifle competition in the long term. Will this make a difference to consumers?
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The merger of TPG and Vodafone is all about creating a competitor big enough to grab market share from the two market leaders, Telstra and Optus. The $15 billion company will face up against $51 billion at Telstra. Here's how the two companies compare.
Vodafone Australia and TPG have ended a week of speculation by confirming plans to merge into a $15 billion company. The combined company reckons it will be powerful enough to take on the twin Goliaths of Telstra and Optus - but the numbers tell a different story when it comes to broadband.
There's a new Australian mobile network in town(s) and it's named TPG. To get people on board with the new network, the telco announced yesterday that the first TPG customers will get the first six months of an unlimited mobile data plan for free and they expect to be ready to launch in "Q3-Q4". Here's all the details.
With TPG set to launch a fourth mobile network, the rise of new WiFi based services and 5G set to become a reality, it's fair to say Australia's telcos are preparing for significant changes as we enter a new decade. Based on informed forecasts, here’s what Australia’s cellular network scene could look like by 2020.
Last year the Federal Government announced it would be auctioning off two 15 MHz lots of the 700 MHz spectrum, used to provide 4G mobile broadband. Today, the winning bids for the auction have been announced, with TPG and Vodafone snapping it up.
iiNet has shut down its Sydney office and most of the staff have been made redundant. The Internet service provider (ISP) was acquired by TPG over a year ago. Here are the details.
How does your ISP stack up against the rest in the Netflix stakes? Well, we could descend into fact-absent bickering or, you know, just check out Netflix's own stats for Australia's top service providers. It even has recent data and if you're a Telstra customer, don't expect to win any of these debates in the near future.
Data allowances on mobile phone plans and mobile are much more generous than they used to be, but the volume on offer doesn't tell the whole story. Depending on exactly how your mobile provider counts data can make a huge difference to how quickly you burn through it. Planhacker rounds up the current policies for every mobile provider in Australia.
TPG first announced plans for an "unlimited" broadband service way back in September 2012. That deal is finally available, but as with any purportedly unlimited deal, it pays to read the fine print carefully.
The ACCC has released its first report on Telstra’s compliance with its Structural Separation Rules (SSU) and migration plan, which aims to safeguard competition until the National Broadband Network is finished. The report found that the telco made seven breaches of the equivalence and transparency measures contained in the SSU.
The future of 4G in Australia took a big step forward this morning after the results of the government’s Digital Dividend were announced. Telstra, Optus and TPG Internet have collectively parted with almost $2 billion to secure spectrum in the 700MHz and 2.5GHz bands. For consumers and businesses, this will translate to faster 4G services. Here's what each telco plans to do with their slice of the spectrum pie.