Vodafone Australia

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Company Name

Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd

Ownership Type

Joint Venture

Ownership/Controlling Entity



3G UMTS Frequency Bands

IoT Technology

Company Overview

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is an Australian telecommunications company providing mobile voice, text and data services. VHA’s 4G network covers more than 22 million Australians, and the company will launch fixed broadband services in 2017. As of 31 December 2016, VHA’s customer base was 5.56 million.

Vodafone Australia (VHA) is a mobile telecommunications company that operates the Vodafone brand in Australia. The result of a merger between Vodafone Australia and Hutchison 3G Australia, it created a mobile communications entity of nearly 7 million subscribers, A$4 billion in annual revenue and a 27 per cent market share making it Australia's third largest mobile telecommunications provider behind Telstra and Optus.

The joint venture entity is owned by Hutchison Telecommunications Australia (a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings) and by Vodafone Group plc on a 50-50 basis. It was formed on 10 June 2009, after shareholder and ACCC approval.

The company operates 3G UMTS services over B1 (2100 MHz) and B8 (900 MHz), and for a brief period also over B5 (850 MHz). Its 850 MHz spectrum was refarmed as a 5 MHz wide B5 (850 MHz) LTE service, to better compete with Telstra and Optus who launched long range B28 (700 MHz) LTE services in 2015. VHA provide 4G LTE-A services B3 (1800 MHz), and B1 (2100 MHz) in very select areas. 2C carrier aggregation of B3+B5 is available nationally.

Vodafone's LTE network was upgraded to support Massive MIMO in May 2018, following the technology being trialled since 2017.

IoT Strategy

Vodafone Australia completed successful trials of NB-IoT in 2016, commercially launching their dedicated IoT network in October 2017 over the B8 (900 MHz) band. The NB-IoT network utilises an unused GSM channel in VHA's 8 MHz paired spectrum, with centre frequencies of 911 and 956 MHz.

In August 2018 VHA and TPG Telecom announced merger plans in order to increase competition with rival MNO's Telstra and Optus, and provide a JV framework for the November 2018 5G spectrum auction.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2006-10 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2013-06]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
5 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
5 MHz Active
0.2 MHz Active
5 MHz Planned
IoT Network - NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1)
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date