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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
1 Dubbo 1775–1780/
1870–1875
2 x 5 MHz N/A – will be offered to participant for starting price
2 Mackay 1775–1785/
1870–1880
2 x 10 MHz TPG
$1,360,000
3 Maryborough 1745–1750/
1840–1845
2 x 5 MHz Telstra
$4,302,000
4 Regional WA 1780–1785/
1875–1880
2 x 5 MHz VHA
$235,000
5 Tasmania 1750–1755/
1845–1850
2 x 5 MHz TPG
$970,000
2 GHz
6 Canberra B1,2 1920–1930/
2110–2120
2 x 10 MHz Telstra
$2,147,000
7 Darwin 1920–1930/
2110–2120
2 x 10 MHz VHA
$2,451,000
8 Hobart 1920–1930/
2110–2120
2 x 10 MHz VHA
$4,551,000
9 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

Media contact:

Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au
Kate Woodbridge | 0409 679 924 | Kate.Woodbridge [at] communications.gov.au ()