700 MHz spectrum to be sold by competitive auction
Turnbull Government will make 2 x 15 MHz of unallocated 700 MHz digital
dividend spectrum available by auction to support mobile broadband services
unallocated 700 MHz spectrum is highly valued for 4G LTE mobile broadband
services due to its ability to maintain data signals reliably over long
Government’s decision follows consultation on Vodafone Hutchison Australia’s
(VHA) proposal to acquire 2 x 10 MHz of unsold 700 MHz spectrum
by direct allocation. This consultation indicated strong market interest from
other industry players. The Government has determined that the competing
interests would best be resolved through a competitive process.
ACMA will conduct the auction on behalf of the Government. To enable this, the
Government will provide a formal direction to the ACMA on the reserve price,
allocation limits and other relevant matters.
will be sought from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to
inform a decision about appropriate allocation limits for the auction.
submissions to the consultation from earlier this year are available at: www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/draft-ministerial-direction-unsold-700-mhz-spectrum.
the digital dividend auction in 2013, 2 x 15 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum remained
unsold and is available for allocation under national spectrum licences.
May 2016, the Department of Communications and the Arts consulted on a proposal
from VHA to acquire 2 x 10 MHz of the unsold 700 MHz ‘digital dividend’
spectrum. The Department received seven submission to the consultation process.