Media Release, 28 May 2015

Telstra announced today it has signed a wholesale supply agreement with Woolworths to enable Australia’s largest supermarket chain to become a virtual network operator.

Telstra Wholesale Group Executive, Stuart Lee, said the agreement brought together two great Australian companies and would initially be focused on providing mobile services using parts of Telstra’s 3G network.

“We are very excited to be working with a leading Australian company like Woolworths. We see this relationship as an important development in the continued evolution of Telstra’s wholesale business.

“Our wholesale product gives companies like Woolworths that want to operate as virtual network operators the network access and operating platform they need to offer mobile services direct to retail customers,” Mr Lee said.

Woolworths’ Head of Telco, Jason Hair, said we know that our customers want great value, simplicity and convenience on a trusted network.

“This relationship is the first step for Woolworths on the road to delivering a straightforward, high quality and value-driven service for our customers. We look forward to providing more details on our offer in the coming weeks,” said Mr Hair.

In offering mobile services, Woolworths will be able to offer a reach of 98.5% of the Australian population and will use 850MHz and 2100MHz spectrum for high speed downloads.