Comms minister directs ACMA to limit digital dividend spectrum bidding

9 Feb 2012

Australia’s communications minister Stephen Conroy has reportedly set restrictions on the amount of spectrum operators will be able to acquire in the country’s forthcoming auction of frequencies freed up as part of the digital dividend. According to ZDNet Australia, Mr Conroy had directed the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to limit the amount of spectrum that telcos can bid on to 2×20MHz in the 700MHz spectrum band and 2×40MHz in the 2.5GHz spectrum band. It is understood that the restrictions have been introduced with a view to ensuring a level playing field when the sale is conducted, with the minister cited as saying: ‘These limits are designed to ensure there is a choice of providers in the mobile sector for the advanced services that will be provided over the digital dividend spectrum.’