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TPG blames Huawei ban for decision to back away from mobile roll-out

Australia was the first country to follow the USA’s lead and bar Huawei and ZTE from its 5G deployments, even though one of its three established MNOs, Vodafone Hutchison (VHA) had a Huawei-only 4G network and would face a far more difficult and expensive upgrade to 5G than it had envisaged. Now, the country’s new entrant MNO, TPG – which is in the process of merging with VHA – has cancelled its plan to roll out its own cellular network, blaming the bar on Huawei. TPG, a broadband operator which also operates a mobile network in Singapore, won spectrum in 2017 and had planned to become Australia’s fourth MNO. It already offers some mobile services in Australia via an MVNO…

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