700 MHz (digital dividend) and 2.5 GHz bands auction will commence on 23 April 2013
In accordance with the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Allocation–Combinatorial Clock Auction) Determination 2012 (the determination), the ACMA will auction spectrum in the 700 MHz (the 'digital dividend') and the 2.5 GHz bands starting 23 April 2013.
The digital dividend is becoming available as a result of Australia switching from analogue to digital television services–the switchover will be completed by this December.
Notice for the digital dividend auction, 20 March 2013
In accordance with subsections 4.4(2) and 4.5(4) of Part 4 of the determination, the ACMA is publishing a notice giving details of changes to the notice advertising the digital dividend auction and the Applicant Information Package for the auction.
Notice for the digital dividend auction, 3 January 2013
In accordance with subsection 4.4 of the determination, the ACMA is publishing a notice for the digital dividend auction.
Applicant information package, 3 January 2013
In accordance with subsection 4.5 of the determination, the ACMA has published the Applicant Information Package that sets out precise details of the spectrum on offer and provides information on how the auction will be conducted.
Reserve prices, lot ratings, dollar value of eligibility points and eligibility nomination form, 3 January 2013
The Minister has directed the ACMA to set the reserve price in the 700 MHz band at $1.36/MHz/pop. In the 2.5 GHz band, the ACMA has set the reserve price at $0.03/MHz/pop. The setting of the reserve prices are in accordance with section 4.6 of the determination.
The decision to allocate the 700 MHz (or 'digital dividend') band comes after the Australian Government directed the ACMA in July 2010 to clear 126 MHz of digital dividend spectrum (694–820 MHz) and reallocate this spectrum for new uses.
The allocation of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band follows an extensive review undertaken by the ACMA during 2010, namely the 2.5 GHz band review. This review recommended the reallocation of 2.5 GHz band spectrum for new uses, especially wireless communications services.
For further information on the allocation of the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands, please refer to the ACMA’s Engage website.