The ACMA plans to auction 900 MHz spectrum for 5G later in 2021.
The ACMA assigned 26 GHz regional licences (25.1-27.5 GHz) in an enhanced SMRA auction in April 2021, starting on 12 April and ending on 21 April. The auction was conducted over 2 stages. Of the 360 lots for sale, 358 have been sold across 27 regions. They generated total revenue of 647.6 million AUD (415.6 million EUR). Licences will be valid for 15 years up to December 31, 2036 from later in 2021. The ACMA plans to auction 900 MHz spectrum for 5G later in 2021.
Dense Air was the lowest winner with only two lots won for 28.7 million AUD (18.4 million EUR) in Melbourne and Sydney at 25.5-25.7 GHz. Telstra and Optus Mobile were the largest winners securing 1,000 MHz and 800 MHz or 600 MHz respectively.
Telstra won 150 lots for 276.6 million AUD (177.6 million EUR) at 25.7-26.7 GHz in all regions and major cities. Optus got 116 lots for 226.2 million AUD (145.2 million EUR) at 25.1-25.7 GHz, 26.1-26.9 GHz or 26.7-27.5 GHz in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaïde and Canberra, and a range of regional areas, 600 MHz in Hobart and Margaret River in Western Australia. TPG Telecom was assigned 86 lots or 400 MHz for 108.2 million AUD (69.4 million EUR) at 25.1-25.7 GHz, 26.9-27.0 GHz and 27.0-27.3 GHz in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Pentanet won four lots in Western Australia (Perth, Margaret River) for 7.9 million AUD (5.1 million EUR) at 27.3-27.5 GHz.