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Auction Summary - 11.7 to 12.2 GHz Space Licences (2001)

Quick summary

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.

Auction date

30 October 2001

Amount raised

$1 million

Licence expiry

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



Winning price



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 type

Apparatus licences

Previous use


Licence period

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

Allocation 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.

Radiocommunications (Space Licence Limits) Direction No. 1 of 2001

Allocation information

Related information

Space system apparatus licences



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.

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