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Auction Summary - 3.6 GHz Wireless Access Service (2009/2010)

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The ACMA accepted application over the counter (OTC) for additional licences at any time in regional and remote areas of Australia. The licences specified in the Results below were sold over the counter.

Allocation dates

Over the Counter (OTC) process - Application Windows

Area 1: 16 November to 27 November 2009
Area 2: 17 March to 31 March 2010
Area 3: 12 July to 26 July 2010
Area 4: 28 September to 13 October 2010
Area 5: 22 November to 6 December 2010
Area 6: 6 June to 21 June 2011

Applications were lodged within the defined application window for each OTC area.

Amount raised

$356,173

Licence expiry

Varies – apparatus licences were issued for periods of up to 1 year with the possibility of renewal

Results

Area 1 - South East SA, Victoria, Tasmania and Southern NSW

Applicants

Licences

Locations

Price

Aussie Broadband Pty Ltd

40

Alexandra, Apollo Bay, Ararat, Camperdown, Colac, Glen Thompson, Macarthur, Horsham, Jones Ridge, Lookout Hill, Lorne, Mildura, Mount Gambier, Mount Pierrepoint, Mt Clay, Mt Dundas, Chepstowe, Mount Gellibrand, Nerrin Nerrin, Mt Ingoldsby, Mt Rouse, Mt Shadwell, Winslow, Mt Warrenheip, Mt Warrnambool, Mt William, Mt Yeo, Naracoorte, Port Campbell, Port Fairy, Pretty Sally, Seymour, St Arnaud, St Helens, Swan Hill, The Bluff, Warracknabeal, Warrnambool, Winchelsea, Constitution Hill.

$81,504

Agile Pty Ltd

14

Warooka, Koolywurtie, Port Clinton, Binnie Lookout, Mt Burr, Port Pirie, Murray Bridge, Black Hill, Renmark, Berri, Maggea, Ramco, Pinnaroo, Blanchetown.

$23,175

Broadband Anywhere Pty Ltd

17

Victor Harbor, Ballarat, Berri, Clare, Mt Gambier, Port Lincoln, Murray Bridge, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Renmark, Port Pirie.

$13,133

Allegro Networks Pty Ltd

1

Wagga Wagga.

$1,854

Airspan Networks Pty Ltd

6

Mt Warrenheip, Winslow, Mt Clay, Mt Warrnambool, Mt Gambier, Warrnambool

$9,888

CountryTell Management Pty Ltd

29

Balranald, Tura Beach, Cooma, Moruya, Mt Bingar, Narooma, Narrandera, Tathra, Temora, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Yass, Young, Batemans Bay, Bega, Bermagui, Crookwell, Bombala, Boorowa, Coleambally, Cootamundra, Berridale, Mt Delegate, Eden, Griffith, Gundagai, Murrumburrah, Hay, Junee

$50,985

Area 2 - Queensland, Northern NSW

Applicants

Licences

Locations

Price

Vertical Telecoms Pty Ltd

4

Katoomba, Mt Panorama, Orange, Dubbo

$9,728

Murray River Regional Telecommunications Company Ltd

23

Gwabegar, Wee Waa, Pilliga, Baradine, Emmaville, Canowindra, Condobolin, Hill End, Gulgong, Dunedoo, Coolah, Mendooran, Molong, Portland, Oberon, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra, Gulargambone, Walgett, Wellington, Bourke, Cobar, Wilcannia

$35,751

QEStel Pty Ltd

4

Dubbo and Mt Panorama

$3,136

Allegro Networks Pty Ltd

8

Mt Isa, Roma, Narrabri, Panorama, Dubbo, Moree, Longreach

$12,231

Area 3 - WA, NT and Northern SA

Applicants

Licences

Locations

Price

Ciphertel Pty Ltd

7

Albany, Broome, Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Port Hedland

$5,649

Area 4 - Bunbury, Gippsland, Hobart and Hunter Valley

Applicants

Licences

Locations

Price

DCS Internet Pty Ltd

11

Buln Buln, Ripplebrook, Drouin, Yarragon South Victoria, Moe South

$8,775

CipherTel Pty Ltd

1

Bunbury

$1,881

Aussie Broadband Pty Ltd

14

Bairnsdale, Buln Buln, Foster North, Lakes Entrance, Leongatha, Maffra, Moe South, Mt Taylor, Drouin, Wonthagi, Yarragon South, Yarragon, Yarram, Ripplebrook

$28,215

Murray River Regional Telecommunications Company Ltd

16

Mount George, Dungog, Pokolbin, Rothbury North, Denman, Scone, Lemon Tree Passage, Nelson Bay, Clarence Town, Gresford, Paterson, Tea Gardens, Stroud, Bulahdelah, Muswellbrook, Aberdeen

$30,020

Area 5 - Queensland Coast

Applicants

Licences

Locations

Price

QEStel Pty Ltd

14

Cairns, Frenchville, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Mt Oscar, Ghost Hill and Maryborough

$10,969

Allegro Networks Pty Ltd

2

Calliope and Mt Oscar

$3,762

Area 6 - Murray River, mid North Coast, Northern Rivers and Wollongong/Shoalhaven

Applicants

Licences

Locations

Price

QEStel Pty Ltd

5

Ballina, Bendigo, Port Macquarie, Taree, Huon Hill

$8,075

Ace Internet Services Pty Ltd

1

Bowral

$1,938

County Tell Management Pty Ltd

1

Huon Hill

$1,938

Murray River Regional Telecommunications Company Ltd

7

Nabiac, Forster, South West Rocks, Crescent Head, Casino, Woodford Island, Kempsey

$13,566

Spectrum details

Band details

3575-3700 MHz (30 MHz bandwidth available in any given area)

Licence type

Apparatus licences (fixed point-to-multipoint)

Previous use

Fixed point-to-point and fixed satellite services

Licence period

For 1 year, thereafter up to 5 years

Allocation details

Type of allocation

Administrative allocation of apparatus licences under s100 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 and Price based allocation of apparatus licences under s106 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

Method of sale

OTC

Competition limits

No applicant permitted more than 30 MHz of spectrum in any given area.

Allocation information

Technical information
  • Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Fixed Licence) Determination 1997
  • Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2003
Related information

 

 

Background

The term broadband wireless access services encompasses the variety of ways that telecommunications carriers, internet service providers and other service providers deliver a radio connection from an end-user to a core network, usually a public network, such as a public switched telephone network, the internet, or a local/wide area network. Examples of broadband wireless access service technologies include WiFi, WiMAX and IMT.

In February 2006, in response to national and international wireless communication market trends, the ACMA released a public discussion paper, Strategies for Wireless Access Services, to gauge demand for future broadband wireless access services and associated spectrum requirements. The discussion paper identified several frequency bands with the potential to support future broadband wireless access services.

In March 2006 the ACMA hosted the Wireless Spectrum Strategies seminar in Sydney, providing stakeholders with further opportunity to provide feedback on the range of issues addressed in the discussion paper.

The ACMA released a second discussion paper, Strategies for Wireless Access Services: Spectrum Access Options in December 2006. The responses to the consultation process were used as an input to the development of short, medium and long-term implementation options to address demand for the future deployment of broadband wireless access services. The key components of the ACMA's medium-term proposal included:

  • to develop an early solution for users of broadband wireless access services in regional areas using spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band (3575-3700 MHz), while acknowledging that there will be a need to appropriately address the interests of incumbent users of that band;
  • to review the planning and licensing arrangements for spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band (2500-2690 MHz); and
  • in the longer term, to await the outcomes of government decisions about the use of spectrum in the 520-820 MHz band after the switch off of analogue television services.

On 14 October 2008, the ACMA announced its intention to allow the use of the 3.6 GHz band for the deployment of wireless access services (WAS) in regional and remote areas of Australia as a short to medium term solution for the demand for broadband wireless access services in these areas. This announcement coincided with the release of the paper Strategies for Wireless Access Services: Consultation Outcomes, which summarised the submissions and outcomes from the December 2006 consultation process. It also sought comment on preferred licensing options for the 3.6 GHz band.

Comment was sought on the technical and regulatory policies proposed for the band in the discussion paper, Release of the 3.6 GHz band for wireless access services (WAS), issued by the ACMA in April 2009.

In October 2009, the ACMA announced the release of the 3.6 GHz band to support the deployment of WAS in regional and remote areas of Australia. It advised that applications would be accepted during a series of two-week application windows, with the first for Area 1, covering areas of south-east South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and southern New South Wales, to commence on 16 November 2009.

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