uanmi writes: The Australian government is trying to sell 90 MHz in the 700 MHz band (the old analog television). One of the mobile carriers Vodafone has stated it will not participate in the auction for 700 MHz spectrum. Another Optus has stated the cost is too high and is yet to declare if it will participate. Telstra is expected to bid for a maximum allocation of 45 MHz. Another solution that has been proposed is for the 90 MHz to be turned into an unlicensed band for future use that might include high power public Wi-Fi system with cells that could be up to 30 km in size. If the carriers don’t realise that they’re getting access to waterfront property and act to purchase the spectrum at an anticipated cost of AUD$3 billion then the alternative could be a solution that brings change to the entire telco industry. 90 MHz unlicensed spectrum in the 700 MHz band would create havoc for the wireless industry and force price reductions across the board.
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