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Auction summary - 1.8 GHz PCS (2000)

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The auction for the remaining 2x30 MHz (1755-1785 MHz paired with 1850-1880 MHz) of the 1800 MHz bands, also known as Personal Communications Services (PCS) bands, closed on 15 March 2000 after 138 bidding rounds with a total of $1.327 billion raised. The ACA offered the bands as 12 parcels each of 2x2.5 MHz (a total of 2x30 MHz) in each of the five mainland state capital cities. The successful applicants were Hutchison, One.Tel, Telstra, and Vodafone. Hutchison and One.Tel obtained licences in all five major markets, Telstra obtained licences in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, and Vodafone obtained licences in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth.

Auction date

24 January to 15 March 2000

Amount raised

$1.327 billion

Licence expiry

3 May 2015



Winning Price





Siemens Ltd






One-Tel Ltd


Primus Telecommunications Pty Ltd




Spectrum details

Band details

1755-1785/1850-1880 MHz
(paired 2x30 MHz in five mainland state capital cities)

Licence type

Spectrum licences

Previous use

The 1800 MHz band was previously primarily used for Telstra fixed links

Licence period

15 years. The band was sold with encumbered licences. The Radiocommunications Act 1992 guaranteed continuity for these incumbent services until the end of the period set out in the Minister’s re-allocation declarations, known as the reallocation period. For incumbent services in these 1.8 GHz bands, the re-allocation period in metropolitan areas ended on 1 January 2002.

Allocation details

Type of allocation

Price based allocation of spectrum licences under section 60 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 following declaration of encumbered spectrum for reallocation by spectrum licensing under s153B(1).

Method of sale

Simultaneous multiple round (SMR) auction over 138 rounds

Competition limits

No person or specified group of persons may be allocated more than 2 x 20 MHz in any major capital city in the frequency band 1710-1785/1805-1880 MHz. Any current spectrum licences held by Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and One.Tel in the 1710-1755/1805-1850 MHz bands count towards the 2 x 20 MHz limit.

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