Australia - Mobile Communications - Spectrum Auctions
Radio spectrum for mobile phone services in Australia was first auctioned in 1997. Subsequently, spectrum was divided and traded between players to support new mobile services, most notably high speed mobile data services using HSPA or LTE technologies. Following a dormant period between 2007 and 2011, a number of significant auctions were since held, particularly in the 2.3GHz and 2GHz bands for regional and rural areas.
The auction of digital dividend' spectrum in the 700MHz band, primarily for mobile broadband use, held in April 2013 has enabled the licensees (chiefly Optus and Telstra, but also TPG), to make use of their 700MHz concessions since these became available in January 2015. Spectrum in the 2.5GHz band was also auctioned.
This report reviews the major spectrum auctions in Australia since the late 1990s. It also considers the options for the auction of remaining 700MHz allocations. BuddeComm covers other auctions and developments in a range of separate reports.
Police Federation continues to lobby for use of 20MHz in the 700MHz band; 3G HSPA; UMTS 850; Personal Communication System; Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA); Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA); DCS-1800; DAMPS; Fixed Radio Access (FRA); LTE; Local Multipoint Distribution Systems (LMDS); Digital Dividend spectrum reallocation; spectrum auctions; includes results on the 2013 700MHz and 2.5GHz auction; operator strategies for new concessions, Ericsson trials Asia-Pacific Telecommunity 700MHz (APT700) spectrum with Telstra; recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Optus, AAPT, Vodafone, Telstra, Hutchinson, AUSTAR, Walker Wireless, ActewAGL, NBN.
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