Telstra has spent AU$72.5 million to acquire mobile broadband spectrum during the multi-band residual lots auction, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced.

Vodafone Australia spent the second-highest amount, at AU$7.2 million, followed by Optus, at AU$6.5 million; the National Broadband Network (NBN) company, at AU$4 million; and TPG, at AU$2.3 million.

ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said there was “good competition” across all bands on offer, with the auction going for 85 rounds between late November and mid-December. The ACMA gained a total of AU$92.6 million as a result.

Telstra specifically spent AU$50 million on 32.5MHz in the 3.4GHz band in Brisbane B; AU$16 million on 2x 5MHz in the 2GHz band in Adelaide, Brisbane A, Canberra A, Darwin, Hobart, and Perth; AU$4.3 million on 2x 5MHz of the 1800MHz band in Maryborough; AU$2.15 million on 2x 10MHZ in the 2GHz band in Canberra B; AU$27,000 on 4.5MHz in the 3.4GHz band in Rockhampton and Toowoomba; AU$11,000 on 4.5MHz in the 3.4GHz band in Canberra A; AU$5,000 on 35GHz in the 2.3GHz band in Kimberley; AU$4,000 on 28MHz in the 2.3GHz band in Central Australia, Gold Fields, and Mid West RQZ; and AU$1,000 on 98MHz in the 2.3GHz band in Telfer Mine.

“The additional spectrum we have secured will mean we can continue to deliver the best experience for our customers and meet the ever-growing demand for data,” a Telstra spokesperson said.

“Our investment of AU$72.5 million in this auction, together with more than AU$3.4 billion we have invested over the past 15 years in…

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