Telstra and TPG share spectrum, regional EV charging ramps up: Vertical Hold Ep 367

Telstra and TPG, sitting in a tree… sharing mobile spectrum and towers. What will that mean for regional and rural mobile coverage and competition? Speaking of the non-city parts of Australia,
how are EV drivers going to get around, and what’s being done to accomodate charging? Special guest ABC Western Plains breakfast radio host Nic Healey!


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Talking telco is one of the things we do a lot here at Vertical Hold. Barely a week goes by without some kind of telco story, but typically they’re laser-focused on what the telcos are doing that will affect the big cities first.

This week saw a different telco deal emerge, as Telstra and TPG signed a deal that would see the two big telcos share spectrum, tower and money with an eye on regional and rural Australia. There was only one man to call — ex-tech journo and now breakfast host of ABC Western Plains, “Dr” Nic Healey!

Keeping with the regional focus, we’ve talked a lot about EVs on the show lately. There were EVs making their way across the Australian desert, and then EVs taking on the role of household batteries… but how are EVs seen in the more remote parts of the country, where range anxiety takes on an entirely different kind of meaning?

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