Radio spectrum sale raises $9m

The government's lastest spectrum auction has ended with a handful of bidders picking up frequencies suitable for wireless broadband services.

The government has raised $9 million in its just-completed auction of radio spectrum.

The wireless local loop and LMDS spectrum sold in the auction is suitable for a range of broadband services and has provisionally gone to Vodafone, Broadcast Communications (BCL) and TelstraClear. Counties Power, which linked up with UCC and Compass Communications during the auction, has also provisionally netted wireless local loop and LMDS spectrum.

Vodafone also bought spectrum around 900 MHz suitable for cellular telephony.

Communications minister Paul Swain says a decision on two additional wireless local loop lots that have been reserved for implementation of regional broadband initiatives will be made within the next couple of months.

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