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Notice: Advertising the 3.6 GHz band auction

Notice under subsection 26(1) of the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Allocation – 3.6 GHz Band) Determination 2018

Auction of 3.6 GHz band spectrum

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) gives notice under subsection 26(1) of the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Allocation – 3.6 GHz Band) Determination 2018 (the Allocation Determination) for the 3.6 GHz band auction.

Spectrum to be auctioned and starting prices

The ACMA will allocate by auction spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band. There are 350 lots on offer. The starting price for the lots of each product has been set by the ACMA in accordance with paragraph 28(1)(d) of the Allocation Determination.

Table 1 below contains a summary of the products on offer and the relevant starting price per lot. Further information about these lots is contained in the Radiocommunications Spectrum Marketing Plan (3.6 GHz Band) 2018.

Table 1: 3.6 GHz band auction lots and starting prices

Band

Lot identifier

Region name

Frequency (MHz)

Number of lots

Starting
price
(per lot)

3.6 GHz metro

ADEL01

Adelaide

3575–3700

25

$536,000

BRIS01

Brisbane

3575–3700

25

$880,000

CANB01

Canberra

3575–3700

25

$184,000

MELB01

Melbourne

3575–3700

25

$1,898,000

SYDN01

Sydney

3575–3700

25

$2,164,000

PERT01

Perth—lower

3575–3655

16

$538,000

PERT02

Perth—upper

3655–3700

9

$811,000

3.6 GHz
regional

NQLD01

North Queensland

3575–3700

25

$40,000

CQLD01

Central Queensland

3575–3700

25

$95,000

RNSQ01

Regional Northern NSW/Southern Queensland

3575–3700

25

$344,000

RSWN01

Regional Southern/Western NSW

3575–3700

25

$226,000

RVIC01

Regional Victoria

3575–3700

25

$225,000

TASM01

Tasmania

3575–3700

25

$79,000

RESA01

Regional South Australia

3575–3700

25

$58,000

REWA01

Regional Western Australia

3575–3700

25

$49,000

How the auction will be conducted

The auction will be conducted online in accordance with the procedures specified in the Allocation Determination, using an enhanced simultaneous multi-round ascending (ESMRA) format.
The ESMRA auction format consists of three stages:

  • primary stage—a clock auction offering frequency-generic lots in each region to determine the quantity of spectrum won by each bidder
  • secondary stage—if required, for the sale of any single lot in a region that was unallocated in the primary stage
  • assignment stage—for assignment of specific frequencies to lots allocated in the primary and secondary stages.

Invitation to take part in the auction

The ACMA invites interested parties to apply to take part in the auction.
To help prospective bidders prepare for the auction, the ACMA has published the Applicant information package (AIP). The AIP includes the auction guide, legislative instruments, forms, details about fees and payments, key dates and information on how to lodge auction documents.
The AIP can be obtained from the ACMA’s website at https://acma.gov.au/theACMA/applicant-information-package-3-6-ghz-band-auction.

The auction guide

The auction guide provides an explanation of the lots on offer and how interested parties can take part in the auction.

Legislative instruments

The following are the legislative instruments for the 3.6 GHz band auction:

Allocation instruments

Attachment ARadiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Allocation – 3.6 GHz Band) Determination 2018
Attachment BRadiocommunications Spectrum Marketing Plan (3.6 GHz Band) 2018

Technical framework instruments

Attachment CRadiocommunications (Unacceptable Levels of Interference – 3.4 GHz Band) Determination 2015
Attachment DRadiocommunications Advisory Guidelines (Managing Interference from Spectrum Licensed Transmitters – 3.4 GHz Band) 2015
Attachment ERadiocommunications Advisory Guidelines (Managing Interference to Spectrum Licensed Receivers – 3.4 GHz Band) 2015
Attachment FRadiocommunications (Trading Rules for Spectrum Licences) Determination 2012

Spectrum reallocation declarations

Attachment GRadiocommunications (Spectrum Re-allocation—3.6 GHz Band for Adelaide and Eastern Metropolitan Australia) Declaration 2018
Attachment HRadiocommunications (Spectrum Re-allocation – 3.6 GHz Band for Perth) Declaration 2018
Attachment IRadiocommunications (Spectrum Re-allocation – 3.6 GHz Band for Regional Australia) Declaration 2018

Ministerial direction

Attachment JRadiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Limits—3.6 GHz Band) Direction 2018
Attachment KAustralian Communications and Media Authority (Radiocommunications Licence Conditions—3.4 and 3.6 GHz Bands Interference Management) Direction 2018

Application fee

The application fee for the auction is $10,000. In accordance with section 25 of the Allocation Determination, the application fee is non-refundable in any circumstances.

Key dates

Table 2 shows the key dates for parties interested in applying to participate in the auction.

Table 2: Key dates for the 3.6 GHz band auction

 

Event

Date

1

The ACMA advertises the auction, publishes the AIP and applications open.

6 August 2018

2

Application deadline
By this date and time, any person wishing to be an applicant will need to:

  • give a completed application form
  • give a completed deed of acknowledgement form
  • give a completed deed of confidentiality form
  • pay the application fee ($10,000) to the ACMA on behalf of the Commonwealth.

5.00 pm,
31 August 2018

3

Eligibility deadline
By this date, applicants will need to:

  • give a completed eligibility nomination form
  • make an eligibility payment, or give a deed of financial security, to the ACMA on behalf of the Commonwealth, or a combination of both.

5.00 pm,
27 September 2018

4

Estimated auction commencement

Late November 2018

Note: The above timetable is subject to change. Any changes made to the timetable will be announced on the ACMA website.

Withdrawing from the auction

The eligibility deadline is the last time for withdrawing from the auction. A person who has applied for registration as a bidder may only withdraw from the auction before the eligibility deadline by written notice given to the ACMA. An applicant who has withdrawn will not be readmitted to the auction.
Applicants who withdraw from the auction will remain subject to the confidentiality provisions in the Allocation Determination until after the end of the auction period. Withdrawn applicants will not be refunded their application fee but will be refunded any eligibility payment they have made to the ACMA, subject to the Allocation Determination.

How to contact us

Questions about the auction can be directed to the auction manager, Eleanor Kay, on (02) 6219 5151 or at spectrumauctions@acma.gov.au. For media enquiries, contact Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719 and 0434 652 063 or media@acma.gov.au.

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