Broadcast spectrum buyback threatens popular TV channels

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Age – Page: Online : 17-May-21

The federal government announced a policy in November that would see spectrum licence fees removed in exchange for the radiofrequency spectrum of television broadcasters being reduced by compressing it. The spectrum made available as a result of this compression would be sold at a higher price to companies such as telcos. Broadcasters are worried that the technology that the government plans to use to compress the spectrum will soon be outdated, and that it will reduce the quality of broadcasting and lead to fewer multi-channels.

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$850m bonanza as sale of 5G spectrum beats expectations

Original article by Supratim Adhikari
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 11-Dec-18

The federal government has raised a total of $853m from an auction of 5G spectrum, including $700m for regional spectrum. The reserve price was $185m for the 350 lots of 125MHz of spectrum on offer, and telcos paid an average price of $0.29 per megahertz per population. Telstra has paid $386m for 143 lots of spectrum and the joint venture between TPG Telecom and Vodafone has paid $263m for 131 lots. Telstra CEO Andy Penn says the telco is "very pleased" with the outcome of the auction.

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Why Teoh paid up to snare a spot in mobile

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 50 : 13-Apr-17

TPG Telecom will raise $A400m from investors to partially finance its $A1.26bn deal to acquire an 11-year licence for mobile spectrum in the 700MHz band. TPG will establish Australia’s fourth mobile phone network, which is expected to cover about 80 per cent of the nation and is likely to spark a price war in the highly competitive market. TPG estimates that it will need to gain at least 500,000 mobile customers in order to achieve break-even status on an EBITDA basis. The company already boasts 1.9 million broadband customers, who can be offered bundled services.

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Bundled reforms await return

Original article by Jake Mitchell
The Australian – Page: 26 & 28 : 16-May-16

The Australian Government will have to reintroduce its bill on cross-media ownership reform to Parliament if it wins the 2016 election. It is likely to package the reforms with a bill to reduce TV broadcasting licence fees, changes to the anti-siphoning for sports events and the pricing and allocation of broadcasting spectrum. The Government has previously ruled out introducing separate bills to abolish the "reach rule" and the "two-out-of-three rule".

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Let TV stations trade spectrum: minister

Original article by Jake Mitchell
The Australian – Page: 21 : 11-Mar-16

Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield addressed the RadComms conference on 10 March 2016, where he outlined a proposal for TV broadcasters to share, lease or trade any spectrum that is surplus to their requirements. However, the proposal has been criticised by Australian Subscription Television & Radio Association CEO Andrew Main, who says free-to-air networks should not be "gifted" spare public spectrum and then profit from leasing it to other companies.

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Telstra tipped to lift mobile market share

Original article by Mitchell Bingemann
The Australian – Page: 17 : 27-Jan-15

Australian telcos Telstra and Singtel Optus now have access to more parts of the wireless frequency spectrum, enabling them to boost their 4G mobile telephony and internet offerings. The combined spending of $A2bn on the 700Mhz and 2.5Ghz bands will according to experts at Morgan Stanley trigger substantial growth in the number of subscribers using data plans for mobile devices such as tablet computers. Telstra in particular will benefit, and lift its market share to 54% during 2014-15. Users will experience more generous data allowances but few price falls

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‘Death knell’ for community TV as Turnbull flicks the internet switch

Original article by Mitchell Bingemann
The Australian – Page: 7 : 11-Sep-14

The Australian Government will reallocate the spectrum that is used by community TV stations. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says community stations will need to become internet-only broadcasters from the start of 2016. He says this will provide them with access to a much larger audience, noting that only about 2,000 people watch community TV stations during prime-time

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‘Death knell’ for community TV as Turnbull flicks the internet switch

Original article by Mitchell Bingemann
The Australian – Page: 7 : 11-Sep-14

The Australian Government will reallocate the spectrum that is used by community TV stations. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says community stations will need to become internet-only broadcasters from the start of 2016. He says this will provide them with access to a much larger audience, noting that only about 2,000 people watch community TV stations during prime-time

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‘Death knell’ for community TV as Turnbull flicks the internet switch

Original article by Mitchell Bingemann
The Australian – Page: 7 : 11-Sep-14

The Australian Government will reallocate the spectrum that is used by community TV stations. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says community stations will need to become internet-only broadcasters from the start of 2016. He says this will provide them with access to a much larger audience, noting that only about 2,000 people watch community TV stations during prime-time

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY TELEVISION ALLIANCE, CHANNEL 31, TELEVISION SYDNEY (TVS) LIMITED

Vodafone’s 4G boost will rival Telstra, Optus

Original article by David Ramli
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 30-Jul-14

Benoit Hanssen of Vodafone Hutchison Australia says the telco will transfer 50 per cent of its 850MHz radio spectrum to its 4G mobile network by the end of 2014. The remainder of this spectrum, which is currently used by Vodafone’s 3G network, will be reallocated to 4G in 2015. The move will enhance Vodafone’s ability to compete with the 4G networks of Telstra and Singtel Optus

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