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Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced that four companies have successfully won spectrum in its 3.4/3.7 GHz bands spectrum allocation process. This development is poised to stimulate innovation, enhance connectivity, and pave the way for advanced telecommunications services.

Spectrum Allocation Outline

Among the 588 lots that were available, 574 were allocated to bidders, generating a cumulative revenue of AUD 721,766,300.


Lots of Spectrum Accrued

Total Cost (AUD)

Mobile JV


128 194 100



14 384 600



33 539 600



545 648 000

“The outcomes of the allocation process align strongly with our objectives. The allocation of this spectrum will support digital connectivity, promote competition, and facilitate investment in new services for Australian consumers and businesses across metropolitan and regional areas of Australia,” explained ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin.

Ms. O'Loughlin further emphasized that the generated revenue from the allocation process signifies the market's assessment of this spectrum as a valuable public asset.

The Importance of Allocating 3.4/3.7 GHz Spectrum Bands

The spectrum allocation process signifies a strategic move towards the expansion of high-frequency bands, which are instrumental for the deployment of 5G networks. The companies securing spectrum in the 3.4/3.7 GHz bands are now positioned to contribute significantly to the evolution of 5G technology: offering faster data speeds, lower latency, and improved network reliability.

Moreover, the successful bidders gain a competitive edge in delivering cutting-edge services, fostering increased market competition. This competition is likely to drive improvements in service quality, affordability, and innovation, ultimately benefiting consumers and businesses alike.

Furthermore, the spectrum allocation aligns with Australia's broader digital agenda, supporting the nation's commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements. It sets the stage for the development of a robust and future-ready telecommunications infrastructure, crucial for addressing the growing demands of a digitally connected society.

License Implementation

The newly issued licenses are expected to take effect shortly, with the licenses for the 3.4 GHz band scheduled to expire in December 2030 and the licenses for the 3.7 GHz band scheduled to expire in January 2044.

This allocation process is part of a series of mid-band allocations conducted by ACMA to accommodate various users. ACMA has also recently concluded the allocation process of mid-band spectrum, specifically designated for use in remote regions of Australia.

The ACMA's announcement reflects a pivotal step towards shaping the telecommunications landscape in Australia. The allocated spectrums unlock a multitude of opportunities for technological progress and economic growth, while enhancing the digital experience for the Australian populace.

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