ACMA starts multi-band spectrum auction

29 Nov 2017

A multi-band spectrum auction in Australia is now officially underway, with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) saying the sale process has ‘the potential to improve mobile and fixed wireless broadband services, particularly in regional Australia’. As per previously announced plans, the government is selling off 1800MHz band spectrum that remained unallocated after an auction in 2015, while also offering up 2GHz, 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz frequencies. Declaring the official start of this latest sale, the ACMA noted that it expects the spectrum on offer to be mainly used as follows: 1800MHz for LTE-based mobile broadband services; 2GHz for 4G LTE or potentially 5G technologies; 2.3GHz for wireless broadband services; and 3,4GHz for Time Division Duplex mobile broadband services.

Commenting on the matter, ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said: ‘We anticipate the spectrum will be used for mobile or fixed wireless broadband services with the majority of lots available being in regional areas … But we have also built flexibility into the technical frameworks for each band, allowing for other uses as well.’