Vodafone customers can expect an increase in their mobile network speeds as the $15 billion merger with TPG Telecom completes and forms Australia’s third major telco player.
The two providers, which first announced plans to merge in August 2018, will operate as a single entity for the first time today, marking an end to a lengthy process riddled with regulatory hurdles.
Vodafone customers in Melbourne and Canberra will be the first to benefit from the integration of TPG’s spectrum and small cell equipment, which the company says will increase mobile speeds, provide consistent mobile coverage in busy areas and improve overall network performance.
“We’ve been working on a lot of the technology integration,” TPG Telecom chief executive Iñaki Berroeta told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “We’re putting the spectrum on our network, and that is going to give a lot of capacity. Capacity in a mobile phone is higher speeds…and use more data.