ACMA consulting on 4G/5G auction

04 Aug 2017

Australian telecoms regulator ACMA is holding a public consultation into the allocation of more 4G and potential 5G spectrum.

The regulator is preparing to auction spectrum in the 1800-MHz digital dividend band that remained unsold in a recent auction for the band, and to commence spectrum licence reissue processes in the 2-GHz, 2.3-GHz and 3.4-GHz bands.

ACMA is seeking comments from the industry and other stakeholders over matters including the auction methodology, methods for payments of licenses, how the spectrum will be divided among licenses to be issued and any conditions that may be included in the licenses.

The regulator is proposing to use a single clock auction format and allocate the spectrum lots over three stages, with each stage offering multiple lots simultaneously.

ACMA separately recently announced it will conduct a review into the customer experience of broadband subscribers switching to the state-owned national broadband network (NBN).

The review is being conducted in light of a growing number of customer complaints surrounding issues including connection to the NBN as well as subsequent faults and performance issues.

ACMA will use its statutory powers to compel operators and the NBN to provide data on issues including fault handling, connection timeframes, appointment keeping and telephone number porting.

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