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Successful completion of residual lots spectrum auction

Mobile network operators will soon be able to improve voice and broadband services following the successful completion of the multiband residual lots spectrum auction by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).  

The process saw 33 spectrum lots put up for auction in the 1800 MHz, 2 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands, and the recently designated spectrum in the 2 GHz band in the Canberra region which was offered for the first time. 32 out of 33 lots were sold for a total amount of $92.6 million.

All auction participants were successful in securing spectrum. Telstra successfully bid for spectrum lots worth $72.5 million, Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA) $7.2 million, Optus $6.5 million, nbn co $4.0 million, and TPG Telecom $2.3 million.

Spectrum is a valuable and finite resource that is essential for the delivery of services Australians take for granted, including mobile telephone calls, mobile and fixed-wireless broadband, and television/radio broadcasts.

Following the auction process, more spectrum will be made available to improve mobile and fixed wireless broadband services in regional areas.

The licence terms will align with existing licences in the relevant bands: licences in the 1800 MHz band expire on 17 June 2028, 2 GHz on 11 October 2032, 2.3 GHz on 24 July 2030, 3.4 GHz band on 13 December 2030.

One lot in the 3.4 GHz band offered at auction remains unsold. The ACMA intends to publish a notice on its website in the second quarter of 2018 inviting interested parties to express interest in this spectrum.

A further six lots were not included in the auction as only a single auction participant expressed interest before the auction started. The ACMA will offer these lots to those participants for the starting price in accordance with the Government’s Allocation Determination.

More information on the outcomes of the multiband residual lots auction is available on the ACMA’s website at: www.acma.gov.au   

 

 

Lot
no.

Geographic
area

Frequency
(MHz)

Bandwidth

Successful bidder

1800 MHz

Dubbo 

1775–1780/
1870–1875  

2 x 5 MHz

N/A – will be offered to participant for starting price 

Mackay 

1775–1785/
1870–1880

2 x 10 MHz 

TPG

$1,360,000

Maryborough 

1745–1750/
1840–1845

2 x 5 MHz

Telstra

$4,302,000

Regional WA 

1780–1785/
1875–1880 

2 x 5 MHz 

VHA

$235,000

Tasmania 

1750–1755/
1845–1850

2 x 5 MHz 

TPG

$970,000

2 GHz

Canberra B1,2 

1920–1930/
2110–2120

2 x 10 MHz 

Telstra

$2,147,000

Darwin 

1920–1930/
2110–2120

2 x 10 MHz 

VHA

$2,451,000

Hobart 

1920–1930/
2110–2120

2 x 10 MHz 

VHA

$4,551,000

Adelaide 

1930–1935/
2120–2125 

2 x 5 MHz 

Telstra

$2,346,000

10 

Brisbane A 

1930–1935/
2120–2125 

2 x 5 MHz 

Telstra

$5,742,000

11 

Canberra A2 

1930–1935/
2120–2125 

2 x 5 MHz 

Telstra

$805,000

12 

Darwin 

1930–1935/
2120–2125 

2 x 5 MHz 

Telstra

$2,340,000

13 

Hobart

1930–1935/
2120–2125 

2 x 5 MHz 

Telstra

$1,395,000

14 

Perth 

1930–1935/
2120–2125 

2 x 5 MHz 

Telstra

$3,405,000

2.3 GHz

15 

Cameron Corner 

2365–2400 

35 MHz 

nbn

$704,000

16 

Central Australia 

2337–2365 

28 MHz 

Telstra

$2,000

17 

Delamere 

2302-2400 

98 MHz 

nbn

$326,000

18 

Geraldton/Kalgoorlie 

2365–2400 

35 MHz 

nbn

$861,000

19 

Gold Fields 

2337–2365  

28 MHz 

Telstra

$1,000

20 

Kimberley

2365–2400 

35 MHz 

Telstra

$5,000

21

Melbourne 

2393–2400 

7 MHz 

Optus

$173,000

22

Mid-West Radio Quiet Zone 

2337–2365 

28 MHz 

Telstra

$1,000

23

NSW East 

2393–2400 

7 MHz 

Optus

$199,000

24

Outer ACT 

2302–2330 

28 MHz 

N/A – will be offered to participant for starting price 

25

Telfer Mine 

2302–2400 

98 MHz

Telstra

$1,000

3.4 GHz

26

Adelaide 

3439–3442.5 

3.5 MHz 

Optus

$5,996,000

27 

Brisbane B

3490–3492.5

2.5 MHz 

Optus

$39,000

28 

Brisbane B 

3542.5–3575 

32.5 MHz 

Telstra

$50,000,000

29 

Canberra A 

3490–3492.5 

2.5 MHz 

Unsold

30 

Canberra A 

3542.5–3547 

4.5 MHz 

Telstra

$11,000

31 

Hobart 

3439–3442.5 

3.5 MHz 

N/A – will be offered to participant for starting price 

32 

Hobart 

3489–3492.5  

3.5 MHz 

nbn

$1,511,000

33 

Launceston 

3439–3442.5 

3.5 MHz 

N/A – will be offered to participant for starting price 

34 

Launceston 

3489–3492.5 

3.5 MHz 

nbn

$611,000

35 

Rockhampton 

3490–3492.5

2.5 MHz

N/A – will be offered to participant for starting price 

36 

Rockhampton 

3542.5–3547

4.5 MHz 

Telstra

$3,000

37 

Sydney B 

3542.5–3546  

3.5 MHz 

Optus

$106,000

38 

Toowoomba 

3490-3492.5 

2.5 MHz 

N/A – will be offered to participant for starting price 

39 

Toowoomba  

3542.5–3547 

4.5 MHz 

Telstra

$24,000