The Government has announced the results of the multiband spectrum auction sold at a competitive auction.
14 December 2017
The successful auction saw 32 out of 33 spectrum lots sold for a total amount of $92.6 million including the 1800 MHz, 2 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands. The recently designated spectrum in the 2 GHz band in the Canberra region was also offered for the first time.
All auction participants were successful with Telstra’s bid for spectrum lots totalling $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.
The spectrum will be used to improve mobile and fixed wireless broadband services in regional areas.
One lot in the 3.4 GHz band offered at auction remains unsold. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (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.