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26 GHz spectrum auction

We will conduct an auction to allocate spectrum licences in the 26 GHz band in April 2021.


As part of broader spectrum planning arrangements to aid the introduction of new technologies in millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum such as 5G, the 26 GHz band will be spectrum licensed.

The Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts has declared the 26 GHz band (frequency range 25.1–27.5 GHz) for re-allocation by issuing spectrum licences in 29 cities and regional centres. The ACMA is conducting an auction of the 26 GHz band to allocate spectrum licences in the band.

This page will be progressively updated with the latest auction information. Sign up to our 26 GHz band auction update e-bulletin to receive alerts about updates.

Applicant information package

The Applicant information package (AIP) for the upcoming 26 GHz band auction comprises a detailed auction guide with links to relevant legislative instruments, information on how to apply to participate in the auction and how to make payments to the ACMA. It also includes the auction forms.

The ACMA invites interested parties to consider the information provided and register to participate in the auction.

How to lodge an application

Auction forms may be given to the ACMA by:


The 26 GHz Band Auction Manager
Major Spectrum Allocations Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Red Building, Benjamin Offices, Chan St
Belconnen, ACT 2617

Application forms and the application fee of A$10,000 must be lodged by 2pm, 21 January 2021.
Eligibility nomination forms and eligibility payments must be lodged by 2pm, 9 March 2021.


We welcome questions from stakeholders about the 26 GHz band auction. We will publish questions received (without attribution) and our responses, so they are available to all stakeholders.

Please notify us if you consider the response to your enquiry should not be published – claims will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All correspondence is subject to the strict probity arrangements we have in place for the auction.

Questions about the auction can be emailed to the auction manager at:

Read the FAQs.

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