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
  • 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
    Police, firies set to lose hard-fought spectrum fight

    Police, firies set to lose hard-fought spectrum fight

    Productivity Commission floats using Telstra, Optus for public safety network.
    Sep 23 2015 6:00AM
    Telcos invited to apply for spot in 1800MHz spectrum auction

    Telcos invited to apply for spot in 1800MHz spectrum auction

    ACMA opens process.
    Sep 11 2015 4:00PM
    AFP dumps $145m investigation system replacement

    AFP dumps $145m investigation system replacement

    Exclusive: Contractor sacked from PROMIS project.
    Aug 19 2015 6:55AM
    ACMA opts for limits in upcoming 1800MHz auction

    ACMA opts for limits in upcoming 1800MHz auction

    Boost for regional 4G services.
    May 29 2015 11:29AM
    Rio Tinto fears spectrum lockout by 4G telcos

    Rio Tinto fears spectrum lockout by 4G telcos

    Wants 'use it or lose it' policy.
    Apr 29 2015 6:30AM
    Australia's telcos in early battle over regional 4G auction

    Australia's telcos in early battle over regional 4G auction

    Telstra hits back at Optus, Voda calls for spectrum limits.
    Apr 29 2015 6:30AM
    ACCC considers limiting sales of 1800 MHz spectrum

    ACCC considers limiting sales of 1800 MHz spectrum

    Asks for submissions on potential competition issues.
    Apr 1 2015 3:33PM
    Telstra wi-fi put to the test by over 700k users

    Telstra wi-fi put to the test by over 700k users

    Over 140TB delivered wirelessly.
    Mar 9 2015 3:00PM
    ACMA lobbies to reallocate regional 1800 MHz

    ACMA lobbies to reallocate regional 1800 MHz

    Wants apparatus licensees off the band.
    Feb 10 2015 12:36PM

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