Auction Summary—11.7 to 12.2 GHz Space Licences—2001 | ACMA

Auction Summary—11.7 to 12.2 GHz Space Licences—2001




Auction date

30 October 2001

Amount raised

$1 m

Licence end date

Expired 23 May 2007 and was not renewed (5 year apparatus licence)

The auction closed on 30 October 2001. FOXTEL was the only applicant for the two 5 year space apparatus licences. The former ACA subsequently offered one licence (orbital location 152° East) to FOXTEL at the reserve price of $1 million.

After signing a deed of agreement the former ACA issued a space licence to FOXTEL authorising their use of the satellite slot at 152° East longitude in accordance with the Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS) plan.

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  • Overview
  • Spectrum Details
  • Auction Details
  • Bidders
  • Background

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Spectrum details

Band details

11.7-12.2 GHz (note that two satellite licences, which included a downlink allocation from this band plus a geostationary satellite location, were offered via auction rather than spectrum rights over the whole band)

Licence types

Apparatus licences

Previous use


Licence period

5 years (renewal was conditional on bringing the geostationary space station into operation within the first 5 years)

Auction details

Type of allocation

Price based allocation of apparatus licences under s106 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

Method of sale

The licences were to be sold by simultaneous multiple round (SMR) auction; however, an auction was not necessary as only one application was received.

Competition limits

No more than one licence per applicant.

Legal instruments



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Winning Bid Amounts






Space licences authorise transmissions from satellites operating in conformity with Australian assignments in the Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS) Plan. The BSS Plan provides assignments to Australia at two locations in the geostationary satellite orbit: longitudes 152° East longitude and 164° East. The BSS Plan establishes arrangements for service downlink channels in the 11.7-12.2 GHz frequency range and feeder uplink channels in the 17.3-18.1 GHz frequency range. Australian radiofrequency planning arrangements provide for ubiquitous use of the 11.7-12.2 GHz frequency range by customer terminal equipment in Australia.

Last updated: 23 April 2013