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850/900 MHz Auction Allocation Limits Exposure Draft

The Government is seeking feedback on an exposure draft of an allocation limits direction for the 850/900 MHz spectrum auction.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is planning to auction spectrum in the 850 MHz and 900 MHz bands in late 2021. ACMA will soon consult on its allocation instruments for this auction

To support the Government's communications policy objectives, the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts (the Minister) is considering whether to direct ACMA to impose allocation limits at the 850/900 MHz auction.

We have prepared an exposure draft direction that would require ACMA to impose limits such that no person could use more than 82 MHz of sub-1 GHz spectrum under spectrum licences. The draft direction would also set-aside spectrum for Optus and TPG Telecom in the 900 MHz band to support service continuity.

We are seeking stakeholder views on whether the direction will operate effectively with ACMA's proposed allocation procedures.

For more information and to make a submission, visit our Have Your Say webpage.