The ACCC has opposed the $15bn merger between TPG and VHA. In the ACCC’s view the proposed merger will reduce competition in mobile services as TPG would be precluded from becoming the fourth mobile operator.
TPG has announced that it has ceased the rollout of its mobile network and will not become the fourth mobile operator.
VHA now wants the Federal Court to find that the proposed merger is not anti-competitive, so the merger can proceed.
On 30 August 2018, TPG and VHA formally announced their plans to merge to create a third full service telco provider in Australia with a combined enterprise value of A$15bn, pro forma revenue of A$6bn and EBIDTA A$1.9bn. Shareholding is split 50.1% VHA - 49.9% TPG, with David Teoh to be non-executive chairman and Vodafone's current CEO Iñaki Berroeta to be chief executive and managing director.