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Multiband residual lots consultation

Consultation closes: 25 August 2017

IFC: 16/2017

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Consultation paper:
Draft allocation instruments for multiband spectrum—residual lots auction

1.6 MB

 

Radiocommunications (Spectrum licence allocation – multi-band auction) Determination 2017

192 kB 

 

Radiocommunications Spectrum Marketing Plan (1800 MHz Band) Variation 2017 (No. 1)

64 kB

 

Radiocommunications Spectrum Marketing Plan (1800 MHz Band) 2017 

253 kB 

 

Radiocommunications Spectrum Marketing Plan (2 GHz Band) 2017

328 kB 

 

Radiocommunications Spectrum Marketing Plan (2.3 GHz Band) Variation 2017 (No. 1)

64 kB 

 

Radiocommunications Spectrum Marketing Plan (2.3 GHz Band) 2017

366 kB

 

Radiocommunications Spectrum Marketing Plan (3.4 GHz Band) 2017

249 kB 

 
 Minister's request for advice from ACCC on allocation limits    1 MB

Executive summary

The ACMA is preparing to allocate by auction, spectrum lots that remain unallocated after the most recent spectrum auction in the 1800 MHz band, spectrum licence reissue processes in the 2 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands, as well as some 2 GHz spectrum lots in the Canberra region that have recently been designated for spectrum licensing for the first time. These lots are collectively referred to by the ACMA as the ‘multiband residual lots’, and the auction process by which the ACMA proposes to allocate the multiband residual lots is referred to as the ‘multiband residual lots auction’.

Spectrum licences issued to successful bidders as a result of the multiband residual lots auction will authorise licensees to operate radiocommunications devices for a fixed period, within a particular frequency range, within a particular geographic area.

In order to conduct an efficient and effective auction of the multiband residual lots, the ACMA is required to make a number of legislative instruments including marketing plans for the1800 MHz, 2 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands, variation marketing plan instruments for the 1800 MHz and 2.3 GHz bands, as well as an allocation determination. These legislative instruments are collectively referred to in this consultation as the draft allocation instruments.

A marketing plan essentially sets out the product offering, and may specify matters including, but not limited to:

  • the procedures to be followed for issuing spectrum licences
  • how the spectrum is to be apportioned among the spectrum licences to be issued
  • the conditions, or types of conditions, that may be included in spectrum licences to be issued.

An allocation determination made under section 60 essentially sets out the ‘auction rules’ and may deal with matters including:

  • the auction methodology
  • how the auction will be advertised
  • methods of payments for licences.

This consultation also sets out, and invites comment on, the ACMA’s proposal to use a simple clock auction (SCA) format to allocate the multiband residual lots over three stages, each stage offering multiple lots simultaneously.

Issue for comment

The ACMA invites comments on the draft allocation instruments and the proposed auction format as outlined below, as well as any other issue raised in the consultation paper.

Issue 1: 1800 MHz draft marketing plan

The ACMA seeks stakeholder views on the draft marketing plan for the 1800 MHz residual lots.

Issue 2: Draft marketing plan 2 GHz

The ACMA seeks stakeholder views on the draft marketing plan for the 2 GHz residual lots.

Issue 3: 2.3 GHz draft marketing plan

The ACMA seeks stakeholder views on the draft marketing plan for the 2.3 GHz residual lots.

Issue 4: 3.4 GHz draft marketing plan

The ACMA seeks stakeholder views on the draft marketing plan for the 3.4 GHz residual lots.

Issue 5 Proposed auction format and draft allocation determination

The ACMA seeks stakeholder views on the draft allocation determination, the auction format, and the proposed sequence of lots to be offered in each stage of the auction.