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Auction summary – 26 GHz band (2021)

Quick summary

The ACMA conducted the 26 GHz band spectrum auction in April 2021, starting on 12 April 2021 and ending on 21 April 2021.

The 26 GHz band is a pioneer millimetre Wave (mmWave) spectrum band, optimised for the delivery of 5G services. Of the 360 lots available in the auction, 358 were sold, raising a total revenue of  $647,642,100.

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Results

There were 5 winning bidders in the auction.

Winning bidder

Number of lots won

Winning price

Dense Air Australia Pty Ltd

2

$28,689,900

Mobile JV Pty Limited

86

$108,186,700

Optus Mobile Pty Ltd

116

$226,203,100

Pentanet Limited

4

$7,986,200

Telstra Corporation Limited

150

$276,576,200

See the full auction results.

Spectrum details

Frequency range

25.1–27.5 GHz

Licence type

Spectrum licences

Previous use

Scientific licences: trialling mobile broadband technology

Licence period

Up to 15 years, with a common expiry date in 2036

Allocation details

Type of allocation

Price-based allocation of spectrum licences under section 60 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 following declaration of  spectrum for re-allocation by spectrum licensing under section 153B(1)

Method of sale

Enhanced simultaneous multi-round ascending auction (ESMRA)

Competition limits

No bidder could acquire more than 1000 MHz in each designated area, in accordance with the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Limits—26 GHz Band) Direction 2020

Allocation information

Legislative instruments:

Other info:

Technical information

Technical instruments:

Consultation

FAQs

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Please notify us if you consider the response to your enquiry should not be published – claims will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Questions about the auction can be emailed to SpectrumAllocations@acma.gov.au.

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Background

The 26 GHz band is a mmWave band, harmonised for international mobile telecommunications (IMT) allocation at the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2019. This is a milestone towards international agreement on the band for 5G wireless broadband technologies.

In October 2019, the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts (now the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts) made the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Re-allocation – 26 GHz Band) Declaration 2019, declaring spectrum in the frequency range 25.1–27.5 GHz (the 26 GHz band) to be re-allocated by issuing spectrum licences.

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