The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has written to potentially interested parties to request comment on how Telstra's acquisition of iBurst's spectrum would impact competition in the wireless broadband market.
In one letter seen by ZDNet.com.au, Gabrielle Ford, the director of the Mergers and Acquisitions
Group at the ACCC, wrote that the commission was currently reviewing
Telstra's acquisition of iBurst's 1905-1910MHz spectrum to see
if it would decrease competition in the market.
An attachment to the letter listed questions the commission
considered to be of particular interest. The first was what the
spectrum in the lower 2GHz band could be used for. The commission
also desired to know how extensively the band was currently being
Aside from Telstra, which holds 10MHz in the band after the
recent acquisition, Optus and Vodafone also have spectrum in that
area, although that does not necessarily mean they have actively been
using the spectrum.
The ACCC also wanted to know whether spectrum in other bands
could be used for the services which could be run in the band in
question, and whether enough spectrum was available in other bands
to do so.
The closing date for submissions was today.
The spectrum came up for sale after iBurst parent Commander went into administration. Telstra
bought iBurst's spectrum, leading to the iBurst network's
shut down on 19 December last year.
Telstra has said that it had not yet made a final decision on what it
intended to do with its new acquisition, but that it would
look to deploy mobile broadband and video technologies and
applications over the band.