Election 2013: Spectrum Election 2013: Spectrum

The ACMA auctioned off radio frequency spectrums freed up by the move to digital TV in April 2013. However sales fell short of expectations by about a third and law enforcement organisations are lobbying for the remainder to be handed over to them for free.

Labor:

  • Will not let unsold spectrum be returned to auction for less than its original reserve price
  • Coalition:

  • Criticised the failure to sell off all the spectrum put to auction, but has not confirmed alternative plans for the remainder
  • Govt puts low reserve on 5G spectrum

    Govt puts low reserve on 5G spectrum

    Takes different approach to 4G auction.
    Aug 6 2018 3:02PM
    Vodafone chief tempers 5G talk

    Vodafone chief tempers 5G talk

    Ecosystem must be in place.
    Jul 31 2018 6:32PM
    Govt sets buyer limits for 5G spectrum

    Govt sets buyer limits for 5G spectrum

    Auction to start later this year.
    Jul 11 2018 2:13PM
    Telstra to deploy 5G in three phases

    Telstra to deploy 5G in three phases

    Full commercial services expected in FY20.
    Jun 20 2018 2:36PM
    NBN Co has hundreds of active sites in '5G spectrum'

    NBN Co has hundreds of active sites in '5G spectrum'

    Sizing the effort to move them.
    Feb 23 2018 6:20AM
    NBN Co 'open' to alternative use of its 5G spectrum

    NBN Co 'open' to alternative use of its 5G spectrum

    Migration costs could be bigger than they appear on paper.
    Feb 12 2018 11:27AM
    NBN Co's 5G spectrum price blown away at auction

    NBN Co's 5G spectrum price blown away at auction

    Confirmed to be below market value.
    Feb 6 2018 6:45AM
    Telstra pays $50m for Brisbane 5G spectrum

    Telstra pays $50m for Brisbane 5G spectrum

    Emerges as major auction winner.
    Dec 14 2017 10:10AM
    Govts scope national emergency mobile broadband network

    Govts scope national emergency mobile broadband network

    After all state and territories agree on terms.
    Nov 28 2017 1:11PM
    No limits on telcos as slice of 5G spectrum auctioned

    No limits on telcos as slice of 5G spectrum auctioned

    But 4G restrictions remain.
    Sep 4 2017 6:10PM
    ACMA considers 3.6GHz spectrum for 5G

    ACMA considers 3.6GHz spectrum for 5G

    1.5GHz deprioritised.
    Jun 23 2017 10:50AM
    Vodafone worried that NBN will stunt 5G

    Vodafone worried that NBN will stunt 5G

    Wants ‘serious’ review of fixed wireless spectrum.
    Apr 10 2017 1:39PM
    Telstra banned from 700 MHz auction

    Telstra banned from 700 MHz auction

    Owns too much spectrum already.
    Dec 14 2016 12:03PM
    Govt rejects Vodafone's $594m bid for spectrum

    Govt rejects Vodafone's $594m bid for spectrum

    Will auction off the 700 MHz instead.
    Oct 7 2016 12:10PM
    Vodafone to kill 2G network

    Vodafone to kill 2G network

    Will refarm spectrum towards 4G data services.
    Sep 30 2016 7:51AM
    Telstra's dedicated emergency services channel goes live

    Telstra's dedicated emergency services channel goes live

    LANES coming in time for bushfire season.
    Sep 23 2016 6:40AM
    US frees up spectrum bands for 5G

    US frees up spectrum bands for 5G

    Racing South Korea, Japan to be first with next generation wireless.
    Jul 15 2016 4:01PM
    Vodafone offers govt $594m for 700 MHz

    Vodafone offers govt $594m for 700 MHz

    ACMA directed to accept.
    May 9 2016 11:29AM
    Europe considers reserving 700MHz for mobile data

    Europe considers reserving 700MHz for mobile data

    Joint proposal would assign band to wireless broadband across EU.
    Feb 8 2016 10:32AM
    NSW govt to sell off surplus emergency comms infrastructure

    NSW govt to sell off surplus emergency comms infrastructure

    Unveils plans to rationalise and unify radio network.
    Dec 2 2015 6:34AM

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