Auction Summary—1.8 GHz PCS—2000 | ACMA

Auction Summary—1.8 GHz PCS—2000

Overview

Status

Complete

Auction date

24 January to 15 March 2000

Amount raised

$1.327 billion

Licence end date

3 May 2015

The auction for the remaining 2x30 MHz (1755-1785 MHz paired with 1850-1880 MHz) of the 1800 MHz bands, also known as Personal Communications Services (PCS) bands, closed on 15 March 2000 after 138 bidding rounds with a total of $1.327 billion raised. The ACA offered the bands as 12 parcels each of 2x2.5 MHz (a total of 2x30 MHz) in each of the five mainland state capital cities. The successful applicants were Hutchison, One.Tel, Telstra, and Vodafone. Hutchison and One.Tel obtained licences in all five major markets, Telstra obtained licences in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, and Vodafone obtained licences in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth.

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  • Overview
  • Spectrum Details
  • Auction Details
  • Bidders
  • Background

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Spectrum details

Band details

1755-1785/1850-1880 MHz
(paired 2x30 MHz in five mainland state capital cities)

Licence types

Spectrum licences

Previous use

The 1800 MHz band was previously primarily used for Telstra fixed links

Licence period

15 years. The band was sold with encumbered licences. The Radiocommunications Act 1992 guaranteed continuity for these incumbent services until the end of the period set out in the Minister’s re-allocation declarations, known as the reallocation period. For incumbent services in these 1.8 GHz bands, the re-allocation period in metropolitan areas ended on 1 January 2002.

Auction details

Type of allocation

Price based allocation of spectrum licences under section 60 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 following declaration of encumbered spectrum for reallocation by spectrum licensing under s153B(1). The ACA allocated the spectrum in each of five mainland state capital city areas in 12 parcels each of 2 × 2.5 MHz paired (a total of 2 × 30 MHz).

Method of sale

Simultaneous multiple round (SMR) auction over 138 rounds

Competition limits

No person or specified group of persons may be allocated more than 2 x 20 MHz in any major capital city in the frequency band 1710-1785/1805-1880 MHz. The allocation of spectrum licences to Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and One.Tel in auctions of spectrum in the 1710-1755/1805-1850 MHz bands in 1998 counts towards the 2 × 20 MHz limit.

Legal instruments

Bidders

Bidders

Bidder Number

Initial Eligibility

Winning Bid Amounts

Telstra

2872

8307

$78,613,700

Optus

2873

6672

nil

Siemens Ltd

2874

24420

nil

Vodafone

2875

8940

$55,234,300

Hutchinson

2876

26688

$670,782,500

One-Tel Ltd

2877

22785

$523,105,000

Primus Telecommunications Pty Ltd

2878

26688

nil

Maximum eligibility with competition limits

 

26688

 
   

TOTAL

$1,327,846,765

Background

See PCS Auction 1

Last updated: 19 September 2016