Feedback sought on proposed lot configuration—700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands
The ACMA has formed a proposed approach to lot configuration in the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands for the digital dividend auction. This approach has been informed by responses to informal consultation on this issue in November 2011.
The ACMA is now seeking further feedback on the details of this approach, including the location of proposed market areas for the 2.5 GHz band. There will be another opportunity to provide feedback as part of the formal consultation process on the draft allocation instruments, which is expected to take place in March–April 2012.
Full details about this issue for comment can be found on the ACMA's Digital Dividend website.
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