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ACMA Moves Ahead with Auction of Spectrum in the 700 MHz (Digital Dividend) and 2.5 GHz Bands


The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued draft recommendations on reallocation of the 2.5 GHz and 700 MHz (digital dividend) frequency bands. The regulator has proposed reallocating 2x45 MHz blocks in the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband, plus an additional 2x70 MHz in the 2.5 GHz band. ACMA indicates the two bands are complementary, with 700 MHz spectrum ideal for wide area coverage and the 2.5 GHz band suitable for more densely populated areas.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority today announced the first formal steps toward a joint auction of new spectrum licences in the 700 MHz (digital dividend) and 2.5 GHz bands.

The ACMA’s decision to sell spectrum in the digital dividend band and the 2.5 GHz band together in a single auction, scheduled for late 2012, reflects the strongly complementary nature of the two bands for advanced mobile telecommunications.
The reallocation of this spectrum, wh ich includes the "digital dividend" freed up by switching off analog television, will help to address soaring demand for mobile broadband data.

The ACMA also released the terms of two draft recommendations it proposes to make to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy about the reallocations, including details of the spectrum and key dates in the process. The terms are set out in an information paper, Draft spectrum reallocations for the 700 MHz digital dividend and 2.5 GHz bands.

‘Several milestones have been reached in the allocation process,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. ‘These are important steps towards meeting the community’s increasing demand for mobile broadband and opening the door to new services being delivered to the public.’

The terms of the draft recommendations provide a clear indication of the ACMA’s intended approach to reallocating the spectrum. The ACMA will be writing to those who currently hold licences in the two bands, inviting their comments on the terms before it makes final recommendations to the Minister.
The upcoming spectrum auction is part of the ACMA’s ongoing program to maximise public benefit through the efficient allocation and use of spectrum.
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The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. For more information: www.acma.gov.au.