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Australia details LTE auction plans

21 сентября 2011

Australian telco regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on Tuesday shared its plans for auctioning LTE spectrum.

The watchdog has adopted the Combinatorial Clock Auction (CCA) format, which it said will enable operators to stake their claim on licences for spectrum in both the 700 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands via a single bid.

"This decision paves the way for a successful auction, which is expected to take place in 2012," said a statement from ACMA chairman Chris Chapman.

The CCA process is designed to minimise the risk of a bidder being left with a block of spectrum that is effectively useless to it from a commercial point of view unless acquired in combination with other chunks of bandwidth. It also aims to prevent the price of contiguous spectrum, or licences to operate in adjacent service areas from rocketing.

"The Combinatorial Clock Auction, otherwise known as CCA, has already been used successfully overseas and is the methodology most likely to produce an efficient allocation of spectrum," noted Chapman.

Elsewhere, U.K. regulator Ofcom has also proposed using the CCA format for its LTE auction scheduled for the first half of 2012.

Conversely, India's Department of Telecommunication (DoT) opted for a Simultaneous Multi-Round Auction for its 2010 3G spectrum sale, where ascending bids were made on multiple lots of spectrum divided between the country's 23 service areas, or circles, until winners for each licence emerged.

The format was partly blamed when no single operator won a nationwide 3G licence, despite the auction generating $14.5 billion-worth of bids. Ovum analysts at the time said the SMRA process encouraged intense bidding for licences covering certain combinations of telecom circles, rather than bids that would enable an operator to establish a pan-India 3G footprint.

Meanwhile the ACMA said it will host an event in early November that will provide potential bidders with an update on how the auction rules are developing. Called the Digital Dividend Auction Tune-Up, it will be one of several similar events taking place over the next 12 months in the run-up to the regulator's auction late next year.


Источник: Total Telecom

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