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
  • SpaceX wants to take Starlink broadband Australia-wide

    SpaceX wants to take Starlink broadband Australia-wide

    Asks spectrum licensing authorities not to artificially limit reach.
    Dec 21 2018 12:42PM
    NBN Co makes play for mm-wave 5G spectrum

    NBN Co makes play for mm-wave 5G spectrum

    Asks for 26 GHz licenses in all parts of wireless footprint.
    Dec 20 2018 11:11AM
    Dense Air offers to extend reach of Aussie 5G networks

    Dense Air offers to extend reach of Aussie 5G networks

    Reveals use for $18.5m of spectrum snapped up in recent auction.
    Dec 12 2018 10:09AM
    Telcos fork out big for 5G in NSW-QLD regional corridor

    Telcos fork out big for 5G in NSW-QLD regional corridor

    As metropolitan prices come in bang on reserve.
    Dec 10 2018 11:00AM
    Finance worried TPG-Vodafone will dull 5G auction price

    Finance worried TPG-Vodafone will dull 5G auction price

    Merger raises problems never even considered.
    Oct 25 2018 12:44PM
    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

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