ACMA pushes ahead with digital dividend band auction

Increase in demand for mobile broadband drives sale

The Australian Media and Communications Authority’s (ACMA) has moved ahead with its auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 2.5GHz bands. The 700MHz band is part of the 'digital dividend' delivered by the phasing out of analog TV signals.

A statement from the national body said the decision to sell off the bands reflected demand for mobile broadband data. Analyst firm Ovum recently predicted that mobile broadband market revenue will double by 2015.

ACMA chairman, Chris Chapman, said the sale is part of a number of changes made by the communications authority.

“Several milestones have been reached in the allocation process,” Chapman said. “These are important steps towards meeting the community’s increasing demand for mobile broadband and opening the door to new services being delivered to the public.”

The authority said it had released the terms of two draft recommendations it intends to make to communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, about the spectrum.

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