With Australia’s digital dividend auction now underway, reports have emerged claiming that TPG Telecom may have registered for the sale process. The Age claims that the operator, which currently serves mobile voice customers as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), could be considering the move to fully-fledged network operator. However, the operator itself has not confirmed its intentions with regards to the auction, and, even if it should participate, it remains unclear which of the two spectrum bands that are being offered it would be interested in.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) kick-started the auction process yesterday, with frequencies in both the 700MHz and 2.5GHz bands up for grabs. The sale process is expected to run ‘over several weeks, with auction results known in mid-to-late May 2013’, but the regulator has been clear that, during the sale process itself, it will not disclose any information about the progress of the auction, including the identities of bidders, a move which it claims is ‘to protect the integrity of the auction’.