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Notice: Advertising the auction of multiband residual lots spectrum

Notice under subsection 27(1) of the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Allocation – Multi-band Auction) Determination 2017

AUCTION OF MULTIBAND RESIDUAL LOTS SPECTRUM

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) gives notice under subsection 27(1) of the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Allocation – Multi-band Auction) Determination 2017 (allocation determination) for the multiband residual lots auction.

Spectrum to be auctioned

The ACMA will allocate, through an auction, spectrum that remained unallocated after previous allocation and re-issue processes in the 1800 MHz band, 2 GHz band, 2.3 GHz band and 3.4 GHz band, as well as spectrum in the 2 GHz band in the Canberra region that has recently been designated for spectrum licencing for the first time. Collectively, this spectrum is referred to as the multiband residual lots.

There are 39 lots on offer in the multiband residual lots auction:

Table 1: Multiband residual lots

Stage Band Lot
number
Lot
name
Geographic
area
Frequency
(MHz)
Bandwidth
1800 MHz  DUBB01  Dubbo  1775–1780/
1870–1875  

2 x 5 MHz

MACK01  Mackay  1775–1785/
1870–1880
2 x 10 MHz 
MARY01  Maryborough  1745–1750/
1840–1845
2 x 5 MHz
REGW01  Regional Western Australia  1780–1785/
1875–1880
 
2 x 5 MHz 
TASM01  Tasmania  1750–1755/
1845–1850
2 x 5 MHz 
2 GHz  CBRB01  Canberra B1,2  1920–1930/
2110–2120
2 x 10 MHz 
DARW01  Darwin  1920–1930/
2110–2120
2 x 10 MHz 
HOBA01  Hobart  1920–1930/
2110–2120
2 x 10 MHz 
2 GHz  ADEL01  Adelaide  1930–1935/
2120–2125
 
2 x 5 MHz 
10  BRIA01  Brisbane A  1930–1935/
2120–2125
 
2 x 5 MHz 
11  CBRA01  Canberra A2  1930–1935/
2120–2125
 
2 x 5 MHz 
12  DARW02  Darwin  1930–1935/
2120–2125
 
2 x 5 MHz 
13  HOBA02  Hobart 1930–1935/
2120–2125
 
2 x 5 MHz 
14  PERT01  Perth  1930–1935/
2120–2125
 
2 x 5 MHz 
2.3 GHz  15  CAME01  Cameron Corner  2365–2400  35 MHz 
16  CENT01  Central Australia  2337–2365  28 MHz 
17  DELA01  Delamere  2302-2400  98 MHz 
18  GEKA01  Geraldton/Kalgoorlie  2365–2400  35 MHz 
19  GOLD01  Gold Fields  2337–2365   28 MHz 
20  KIMB01  Kimberley 2365–2400  35 MHz 
21 MELB01  Melbourne  2393–2400  7 MHz 
22 RQZW01  Mid West Radio Quiet Zone  2337–2365  28 MHz 
23 NSWE01  NSW East  2393–2400  7 MHz 
24 ACTO01  Outer ACT  2302–2330  28 MHz 
25 TELF01  Telfer Mine  2302–2400  98 MHz
3.4 GHz  26 ADEL02  Adelaide  3439–3442.5  3.5 MHz 
27  BRIB01  Brisbane B 3490–3492.5 2.5 MHz 
28  BRIB02  Brisbane B  3542.5–3575  32.5 MHz 
29  CBRA02  Canberra A  3490–3492.5  2.5 MHz 
30  CBRA03  Canberra A  3542.5–3547  4.5 MHz 
31  HOBA03  Hobart  3439–3442.5  3.5 MHz 
32  HOBA04  Hobart  3489–3492.5   3.5 MHz 
33  LAUN01  Launceston  3439–3442.5  3.5 MHz 
34  LAUN02  Launceston  3489–3492.5  3.5 MHz 
35  ROCK01  Rockhampton  3490–3492.5 2.5 MHz
36  ROCK02  Rockhampton  3542.5–3547 4.5 MHz 
37  SYDB01  Sydney B  3542.5–3546   3.5 MHz 
38  TOOW01  Toowoomba  3490-3492.5  2.5 MHz 
39  TOOW02  Toowoomba   3542.5–3547  4.5 MHz 

Note 1: This lot does not include an area immediately surrounding the CDSCC to protect deep space transmitters.

Note 2: This lot includes a no protection condition from CDSCC deep space transmitters.

The geographic areas (regions) for each of the lots are specified in the following instruments:

as relevant.

How the auction will be conducted

The auction will be conducted in accordance with the procedures specified in the allocation determination. The auction will be conducted online using a simple clock auction (SCA) format. Due to the number of bands and the total of lots on offer, the ACMA will run the auction in three sequential stages:

  • Stage 1—all lots in the 1800 MHz band and three 2 x 10 MHz lots in the 2 GHz band (stage 1 lots)
  • Stage 2—six 2 x 5 MHz lots in the 2 GHz band (stage 2 lots)
  • Stage 3—all lots in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands (stage 3 lots).

The auction will commence with rounds for bidding on stage 1 lots. Once winning bidders have been identified for all stage 1 lots (or there are no bids on any of the stage 1 lots in the first round), the auction will move to rounds for bidding on stage 2 lots. Once winning bidders have been identified for all stage 2 lots (or there are no bids on any of the stage 2 lots in the first round for bidding on stage 2 lots), the auction will move to rounds for bidding on stage 3 lots. Once winning bidders have been identified for all stage 3 lots (or there are no bids on any of the stage 3 lots in the first round for bidding on stage 3 lots), the auction will conclude.

Section 37 of the allocation determination states that the ACMA may allocate a spectrum licence or licences for lots at a pre-determined price without having to conduct an auction.

Section 76 of the allocation determination states that parts of the spectrum that are offered at auction or for a pre-determined price but not allocated may be later offered for allocation for pre-determined price in accordance with Schedule 4 to the allocation determination (post-auction allocation process).

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 www.acma.gov.au.

The auction guide

The Auction guide provides a plain English explanation of the lots on offer and how interested parties can take part in the auction. An accessible Word version of the Auction guide is also available.

Legislative instruments

The following are the legislative instruments for the multi-band residual lots auction:

Allocation instruments

Technical instruments

Ministerial direction

Re-allocation declaration

Spectrum designation notices

Fees and payments

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.

Starting prices

The starting price for each lot has been set by the ACMA in accordance with section 26 of the allocation determination. The starting prices are as follows:

Table 2: Starting prices for the multiband residual lots

Column 1
Lot number

Column 2
Lot name

Column 3
Starting price for the lot (AUD)

DUBB01  $252,000 
MACK01 $1,120,000 
MARY01 $4,302,000 
REGW01 $235,000 
TASM01  $410,000  
CBRB01  $2,147,000 
DARW01  $630,000  
HOBA01 $1,181,000  
ADEL01 $2,346,000  
10  BRIA01 $5,742,000  
11  CBRA01  $805,000 
12  DARW02  $236,000  
13  HOBA02 $443,000  
14  PERT01 $3,405,000  
15  CAEM01 $12,000  
16  CENT01 $2,000  
17  DELA01 $17,000  
18  GEKA01 $19,000  
19  GOLD01 $1,000  
20  KIMB01 $5,000  
21  MELB01 $173,000  
22  RQZW01 $1,000  
23  NSWE01 $199,000  
24  ACTO01 $1,000  
25  TELF01 $1,000  
26  ADEL02 $25,000  
27  BRIB01 $39,000  
28  BRIB02 $1,005,000 
29  CBRA02 $6,000  
30  CBRA03 $11,000  
31  HOBA03 $5,000  
32  HOBA04 $5,000  
33  LAUN01 $2,000  
34  LAUN02 $2,000  
35  ROCK01 $2,000  
36  ROCK02 $3,000  
37  SYDB01 $106,000  
38  TOOW01 $3,000  
39  TOOW02 $5,000  

Key dates

The key dates for parties interested in applying to participate in the auction are as follows:

Table 3: Key dates for the multiband residual lots auction

  Event  Date 
The ACMA advertises auction, publishes the Applicant information pack and applications open.  6 October 2017 

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
  • give a completed preference nomination form
  • give a statutory declaration stating whether the applicant is affiliated with an existing 1800 MHz licensee (only required if the applicant has nominated one or more 1800 MHz lots and the applicant is not an existing 1800 MHz licensee)
  • pay the application fee to the ACMA on behalf of the Commonwealth
  • pay a deposit, or give a deed of financial security, to the ACMA on behalf of the Commonwealth, or do both.  
5.00 pm on Friday 27 October 2017 
The ACMA tells registered bidders that they have been registered and may participate in the auction, and gives them information to enable their participation (e.g., information about how to access and use the online auction system).  After the application deadline 
4 Mock auctions held, to familiarise registered bidders with the auction system.  November 2017 
The ACMA notifies registered bidders about the start date and time of the first and second rounds of the auction.  Mid-November 2017 
Estimated auction commencement   28 November 2017 

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 application 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 application 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 deposits they have paid to the ACMA, subject to the allocation determination.

How to give auction documents to the ACMA

Auction documents may be given to the ACMA by:

Email: multibandauctionmanager@acma.gov.au*

Fax: (02) 6219 5427*

Delivery to:     
The multiband residual lots Auction Manager
Spectrum Licensing Policy Section               
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Red Building, Benjamin Offices
Chan Street
Belconnen ACT 2617

*Subsections 6(2) to 6(4) of the allocation determination set out procedures for lodging documents by email or fax. Under these procedures:

  • where a document is lodged by email, the document must be included as an attachment, and if it is a statutory declaration, a statement under subsection 41(3) or section 65 of the allocation determination, or a deed—the document must be in PDF format or another format approved by the auction manager
  • where a document is lodged by email, and if it is any other type of document—the document must be in Word, RTF or PDF format, or another format approved by the auction manager
  • where a document is lodged by fax, the document must be accompanied by a cover sheet that states:
    • the sender's name, postal address, telephone number and fax number
    • the number of pages transmitted, including the cover sheet
    • if the document is a completed application form, a completed preference nomination form, a statutory declaration, a statement under subsection 41(3) or section 65 of the allocation determination, or a deed— the type of document.

Subsection 33(8) of the allocation determination sets out additional requirements for a deed of financial security given to the ACMA by email or fax. Under these rules where a deed of financial security is given to the ACMA by email or fax before the application deadline, the original deed must be received by the ACMA no later than three working days after the application deadline (or, if the ACMA agrees to a later time, by the agreed time) for the deed to be taken to have been given to the ACMA.

How to contact us

Questions about the auction can be directed to the Auction Manager, Eleanor Kay, on (02) 6219 5151 or at multibandauctionmanager@acma.gov.au.

For media enquiries, please contact Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719 and 0434 652 063 or media@acma.gov.au.

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