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Australia's communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy has failed to stretch his “red undies” over the government's budget deficit: the spectrum auction, for which the results have just been announced, yielded a little under $AU2 billion. Last year, the Senator was criticised for setting an “unrealistic” floor price of $1. …

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  1. Knoydart
    Megaphone

    Tellingly Telstra got the prime centre band. What will happen to the upper third, with it being in overlap territory to the CEPT overlap band??

    However both parties paid only just above the reserve prices for a 5MHz (paired) block. Senator Conroy is going to have answer a few questions on being 1B$ short

    Megaphone as I can't afford those prices

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm beginning to think

    there won't be a balanced budget this time. Again. Oh well, maybe next time. Oh wait, that's right... there won't be a next time.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Or 'Australian government announce futher mobile phone tax'

    'Cos it's us (mobile phone users) that'll end up paying to use 'our' spectrum.

  4. Adam 1

    No Vodafone??

    1. Knoydart

      No, they decided that Senator Conroy and his red underpants were not worth the hassle. They are still trying to get their current 2g and 3G networks working, and they have some lovely 1800 MHz which at the moment is turning out to be the band of choice for LTE deployment.

      Question is the 15 MHz (paired) that is unsold, will the 25 MHz cap be removed when it comes up for sale? Will Telstra consolidate its digital dividend holding, or will Vodafone come in as a late entrant and get some 700 MHz action?

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