Detailed Round Bidding results for simultaneous multiple round auctions are available for download as zip files presented on a FTP Archive page. The zip files are listed on the relevant FTP Archive page. For example, the 28/31 GHz auction is auction number 0060, so its round by round bid files are named 060b001.auc to 060b038.auc (round 38 was the final round). The round zero file – 060b000.auc – conveyed preliminary information to bidders before the auction commenced
How to access
Each zip file contains a bidding results file in Microsoft Access 97 format. If you do not have Microsoft Access the files, with the exception of those for the 500 MHz auction, can be viewed using the viewer program (aucview.exe) also provided on the page. The Auction Results Viewer Program will unzip the compressed auction results files and display information about bidders and their round by round bids. This program is only available for Microsoft Windows systems. The viewer will not open the 500 MHz files because the file structure used for that auction differed from the structured used for the later auctions. The 500 MHz round-by-round files can be opened using Microsoft Access.
To read and analyse the detailed bidding results * complete the following:
|1.||Download the zip files||
|2.||Decompress the zip files||Place the files in an appropriate folder|
|3.||Open the .auc ** extension file||Select all files you wish to open in Microsoft Access or select the specific round you are interested in by its number.|
* Note: For most auctions, the bid amounts were rounded down to four significant figures before being published to bidders and the public at the end of each round. This removed the possibility of the less significant figures in a bid being used to signal other bidders.
** To open the ‘.auc’ extension files using Microsoft Access select all files (*.*) from the ‘Files of type’ drop-down menu in the File/Open window.
To download the Auction Results Viewer Program
|1.||Click here to open the main FTP Archive page.|
|2.||Locate the line where aucview.exe is displayed and click on aucview.exe.|
|3.||Download the self-extracting archive containing the installation files (3.7 MB) to a temporary directory.|
|4.||Run setup.exe to install the viewer on your system.|
Who is bidder 9999?
The bidder number 9999 appearing in a round results file as the holder of the current high bid on a specific lot indicates that the previous holder of the high bid chose to withdraw it.
When a high bid is withdrawn, and if no other bidder bids on the lot, the lot will be shown in the next results file at the second highest price that has been bid on that lot during the auction, but without that price being attributed to the second highest bidder. This is because the second highest bidder, acting on the knowledge that it is no longer the highest bidder, may have already decided to deploy its eligibility elsewhere, in which case attributing the lot to that bidder may cause them to exceed their eligibility.
The second highest bid price, therefore, will be attributed in the results to the default bidder [BIN 9999], which is the ACMA. In this situation, the ACMA will not apply a minimum bid increment to the amount in the next round. Instead, the minimum bid on the lot will be set equal to the second highest bid. In this way, if the bidder who made the second highest bid is still interested in the lot, it may bid on the lot and confirm its interest without further financial commitment.
To discourage bidders making frivolous bids and then withdrawing them, each bid withdrawal may be subject to a bid withdrawal penalty.