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850/900 MHz Band

In December 2021, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) auctioned low‑band spectrum in the 850 MHz expansion band and 900 MHz band. This auction made an additional 22 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband in the 850 MHz band and reallocated 50 MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band.

Two bidders, Telstra and Optus, were successful in securing 20 year licences across the 72 MHz of spectrum available in the auction. This low-band spectrum will support deployment of 4G and 5G networks across Australia. All of the available spectrum sold for a total amount of $2.092 billion.

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