Mobile Communications - Spectrum Overview - Australia
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 held in 2013 is enabling mobile operators, chiefly Optus and Telstra, to make use of their 700MHz and 2500MHz concessions, with trial licences awarded in mid-2014 allowing them to provide LTE service in Perth, Darwin and a number of other cities.
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 at http://www.budde.com.au/.
Telstra and Optus make use of trial 700MHz licences; 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; market developments to mid-2014.