The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) issues spectrum licences and manages the reallocation and renewal process.

Expiring 15-year spectrum licences

The 15-year spectrum licences that were auctioned in the mid-1990s and early 2000s started to expire in 2013 and the last will expire by the end of 2017.

Spectrum licences in the following bands are included in the re-issue process: 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 3.4 GHz and 27 GHz. The ACMA is responsible for administering the re-issue process.

In 2012, a Ministerial determination was issued, stating that renewal of these licences would be in the public interest. This allows the ACMA to re-issue these licences to providers who can meet public-interest criteria:

A leading analyst firm, Plum consulting gave their independent expert advice on the value of the spectrum: