The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has wrapped up its latest spectrum auction, with Optus, Telstra, TPG, Vodafone and NBN Co paying a collective A$92.6 million ($74.6 million) for new allocations in four sub-6-GHz bands.
The multiband residual lots auction conducted by ACMA used a ‘simple clock auction’ format. The auction commenced on November 28 and concluded on December 12 after 85 rounds. Up for grabs was new spectrum in the 1800 MHz, 2 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands.
Incumbent Telstra was by far the big spender, accounting for A$72.5 million of the total – and A$50 million of which went to a chunk of 3.4-GHz spectrum in Brisbane.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia was the second highest spender at A$7.2 million, which secured 2 x 10 MHz in the 2100-MHz band in Hobart and Darwin, and 2 x 5 MHz in the 1800-MHz band in regional Western Australia.
Optus won two 2300-MHz lots in Sydney and Melbourne, and three 3.4-GHz lots in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide for a total amount of A$6.5 million.
TPG acquired some 1800-MHz spectrum in Mackay and Tasmania for A$2.3 million.
And NBN Co spent A$4 million for 2.3-GHz and 3.4-GHz spectrum in five areas.
ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin said in a statement there was “good competition” across the four bands.
A table detailing the winning price and the successful bidder for each lot is available here.
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