The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has invited applications from companies wishing to participate in the November auction of 1800MHz spectrum licences. The ACMA will auction spectrum in the coming months in markets throughout regional Australia in the ranges 1725MHz/1785MHz and 1820MHz/1880MHz bands, as well as selling off residual spectrum from the recently-completed reissue of expiring spectrum licences in the band.
The auction format will allow the spectrum – which has been divided into 147 lots – to be offered simultaneously using an online auction methodology. In accordance with a direction from the minister for communications, the auction rules prohibit any party from acquiring more than 2×25MHz of the available spectrum in the auction, thereby intending to ‘promote diversity and competition amongst potential users’. The invitation is set out in an Applicant Information Pack (AIP), comprising an auction guide, relevant legislative instruments and accompanying explanatory statements. The closing date for applications is 1 October 2015.