ACMA directed to impose allocation limits for upcoming spectrum auction

12 Jul 2018

With Australia continuing to make the preparations for its planned auction of spectrum in the 5G-suitable 3.6GHz (3575MHz–3700MHz) band later this year, it has now been confirmed that there will be a cap on the amount of frequencies companies can acquire. Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield has reportedly directed the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to impose allocation limits of 60MHz in metropolitan areas and 80MHz in regional zones, with no operator able to acquire spectrum which would result in them breaching these caps. The limits were said to have been set following ‘careful consideration’ of advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which itself had consulted with relevant parties.

In a press release regarding the matter, Mr Fifield said: ‘These auction limits promote competition in the telecommunications industry while ensuring this scarce spectrum is put to its highest-value use.’