Competition limits have been set for the 3.6 GHz spectrum auction to promote competition in the relevant markets.

11 July 2018

Spectrum is a highly valued and finite resource which is essential for the delivery of services including mobile broadband, television and radio.

The 3.6 GHz spectrum band has been recognised internationally as key for the rollout of 5G services, which promises significantly faster data speeds and better connectivity across Australia.

The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) will auction 125 MHz of available spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band later this year.

The Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield has directed the ACMA to impose allocation limits of 60 MHz in metropolitan areas and 80 MHz in regional areas. 

This means no bidder will be able to acquire spectrum that would result in them owning, across the 3400-3700 MHz band, more than 60 MHz of spectrum in metropolitan areas or more than 80 MHz of spectrum in regional areas.

These allocation limits prevent any one carrier monopolising the spectrum and ensure a competitive mobile broadband market.