The ACCC is inviting submissions on whether competition limits should be imposed upon a proposed auction of spectrum licences. The proposed auction will be for licences covering segments of the 1800 MHz band in regional Australia. 

The ACCC's open letter to stakeholders identifies that:

  • The 1800 MHz band is a highly sought after spectrum for 4G and mobile broadband services. 
  • The spectrum may also be used by other industries for communications, safety, and signalling systems. 
  • In metropolitan Australia, mobile network operators and state rail operators already use the spectrum.  
  • In regional areas, the spectrum is mainly used for fixed point-to-point connections to provide backhaul to meet universal service obligations. (For information on interim access to regional 1800 MHz band, please see the February 2015 Telco Update.) 

The ACCC is inviting submissions from interested parties until 17 April 2015.

The letter can be found here and media release here.