Telstra Media Release
Telstra and TPG Telecom announce a ground-breaking ten-year regional Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) commercial deal which will provide benefits to customers of both companies:
Telstra will gain access to TPG’s spectrum across 4G and 5G, which will allow it to grow its network, increase capacity and continue to provide the country’s largest and fastest network.
For Telstra customers, the additional spectrum will ensure regional and rural customers will now experience faster speeds and less congestion in more locations on their mobiles. And Telstra will continue to maintain our one million kilometres of coverage advantage which we know is critical for our customers living and working in those areas.
Under the deal, TPG will gain access to around 3700 of Telstra’s mobile network assets, increasing TPG’s current 4G coverage from around 96% to 98.8% of the population. The network sharing leapfrogs TPG to second on the ladder for coverage, ahead of Optus. Telstra will have 99.3 per cent coverage, TPG 98.8 and Optus 97.3 per cent.
Under the arrangement, Telstra will share its Radio Access Network (RAN) for 4G and subsequently 5G services in the defined coverage zone, however both carriers will continue to operate their own core network where key differentiating functionality resides.