The ACCC has ruled against a landmark deal which would see Telstra and TPG arrange a mobile sharing network across regional Australia.
The competition regulator claimed the plan would give Telstra an unassailable lead and could result in Optus pulling out of the market.
The ACCC ruled that such a deal, that would have seen the two telcos pool regional resources to cover 17 percent of the country, would give Telstra an unassailable lead in regional Australia – resulting in number two Optus pulling out of the market.
Optus said the 10-year regional “Multi-Operator Core Network” (MOCN) agreement was anti-competitive, and could risk lives during emergencies. It argued that fewer overall towers will stunt emergency response, and that such a deal will give Telstra an unbeatable lead in the race to secure 5G coverage.