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The third Personal Communications Services (PCS) auction enabled sale of band 1 (825-830/870-875 MHz) in Remote Central Australia remained unallocated following the first and second PCS auctions of 800 MHz and 1.8 GHz bands spectrum. This open outcry auction closed on 3 May 1999 with Hutchison being the only applicant to register for this allocation and bid the reserve price of $20,000. This auction concluded the allocation of 230 spectrum licences in the 800 MHz and 1.8 GHz bands which began in 1998.
|Auction date||3 May 1999|
|Licence expiry||17 June 2013|
Hutchison was the only applicant to register for this allocation which it received at a total price of $20,000.
|Licence type||Spectrum licences|
|Previous use||The 800 MHz band was previously used for Telstra’s AMPS (analogue cellular) mobile telephone network. The 1800 MHz band was previously used for fixed links.|
|Licence period||15 years|
|Type of allocation||Price based allocation of spectrum licences under s60 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 following declaration of encumbered spectrum for reallocation by spectrum licensing under s153B(1).|
|Method of sale||Open outcry auction|
The competition limits set in the original PCS auction in April/May 1998 applied unchanged for this auction. They were that: