Mobile JV, the joint venture company between subsidiaries of the two telcos, picked up 131 lots in the 3.6 GHz band for $263 million.
Vodafone and TPG announced a merger in August and the consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, is conducting an investigation to see if the joint venture raises competition concerns.
The ACCC has set 13 December as the provisional date for releasing its decision.
“The 60MHz holdings the JV has secured in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra give us a strong 5G spectrum capability in each of these major cities."
The holdings acquired by Mobile JV in the auction:
- Sydney metropolitan: 60 MHz (12 x 5MHz lots);
- Melbourne metropolitan: 60 MHZ (12 x 5MHz lots);
- Brisbane metropolitan: 60 MHz (12 x 5MHz lots);
- Adelaide metropolitan: 60 MHz (12 x 5MHz lots);
- Perth metropolitan: 60 MHz (12 x 5MHz lots);
- Canberra metropolitan: 60 MHz (12 x 5MHz lots);
- Outer metropolitan areas: 40 MHz (8 x 5MHz lots) in all areas except outer Sydney (6 x 5MHz lots - 30 MHz); and
- Regional areas: 40 MHz (8 x 5MHz lots) in all areas except South Australia (4 x 5MHz lots - 20 MHz).
“While we are pleased to have secured spectrum licences in every available area, robust competition for artificially limited supply saw the companies participating in the auction pay some of the highest per MHz per pop prices for 5G spectrum in the world so far, with an average price of 29c/MHz/pop.
"It’s clear there is high demand for 5G spectrum, and more suitable spectrum needs to be made available by government.”
Berroeta said though VHA had secured access to 5G spectrum, completion of the merger with TPG was important to create a business to scale which had more ability to invest in networks, new technologies and competitive plans and products.
“We are in the final stages of virtualising VHA’s core network. We have completed our dark fibre transmission rollout and are finalising our detailed infrastructure planning, while leveraging the expertise of our global shareholders," he said.
“Launching a new generation mobile network is a multi-layered evolutionary process which involves much more than putting some new antennas on poles, and we are progressing all elements of our 5G plans.
“Consumers won’t be able to start using 5G on mobile until enabled smartphones are launched over the next few years, and we are working to launch 5G services in major cities before handsets are widely available.”