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Spectrum limits for 1.8 GHz announced.

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Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate






‘The Government will set limits on the forthcoming auc tion of spectrum in the 1.8 GHz band, so as to further stimulate competition in the mobile telephony market with consequent benefits to consumers,’ the Minister for Communications, Senator Richard Alston, announced today.


‘Following the re-allocation of the remaining 2 x 30 MHz in the band, no person or group will be able to hold more than 2 x 20 MHz of the total 2 x 75 MHz spectrum in the 1.8 GHz band.


‘The 1.8 GHz spectrum re-allocation and the associated limit on spectrum acquisition is a clear demonstration of the Government’s commitment to encourage competition as well as the development of exciting enhanced second and third generation mobile services.


‘The recent spectrum decision is a balance between the needs of existing players in the telecommunications sector and the opportunities for new players to enter the market.


‘It is only with a balanced approach that all carriers, new and old, can accommodate the extraordinary growth in the mobile phone sector.


‘The Government expects the Australian Communications Authority to start the allocation process before Christmas this year, with a view to the auction being held in early 2000.


‘Spectrum will again be sold with incumbents in place. The incumbents will not be compelled to relocate before 2002.’


The Direction and associated documents are available from the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts website at (see ‘Spectrum’ under Easyfind).



Media contact:  Terry O’Connor telephone 02 6277 7480

Website: www.richardalston. au



27 October 1999



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