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Auction summary - 27 GHz (2012)

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The 27 GHz residual spectrum auction closed on 15 May 2012. NBN Co limited was the only applicant interested in the residual lots and five licences were sold by over-the-counter (OTC) at a total of $106,950.

Allocation date

15 May 2012

Licence expiry

17 January 2016





Winning Price

NBN Co Limited


Central Qld
Regional NSW
South Coast NSW


Spectrum details

Band details

26.5–27.5 GHz

Licence type

Spectrum licences

Previous use


Licence period

15 May 2012-17 Jan 2016


The lots offered were residual lots from the first round of allocations that took place in November 2000.

The spectrum licences were available in 9 locations (Perth, Northern Territory, Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Central Queensland, Northern NSW, Regional NSW, Regional Victoria, South Coast NSW and Tasmania). Allocation of these spectrum licences were available through two different allocation methods. Lots for which there was more than one applicant were to be auctioned using an open ascending bid auction (also known as 'English outcry' auction). Lots for which there was only one applicant were to be allocated at a pre-determined price (over the counter - OTC).

NBN Co Limited was the only applicant for the available licences. The ACMA offered NBN Co Limited the opportunity to acquire the licences for their pre-determined prices. NBN Co Ltd subsequently confirmed its interest in licences for Perth, Central QLD, Regional NSW, South Coast NSW and Tasmania. The licences were allocated for a pre-determined price for each location.

The ACMA may consider offering the licences in the remaining locations (Northern Territory, Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Northern NSW and Regional Victoria) at a future date.

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