NBN Co shops for more fixed wireless spectrum

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NBN Co shops for more fixed wireless spectrum
Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia.

NBN Co has revealed it is shopping for unallocated 2.2 GHz spectrum, which it intends to use to offer fixed wireless broadband services in Western Australia.

Chief executive Mike Quigley said today that the company was "looking for additional... spectrum in places we could not purchase it" from Austar.

NBN Co paid $120 million for Austar's regional 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz spectrum licenses in February this year.

Quigley said that he did "not have a budget in mind" in NBN Co's negotiations for supplementary spectrum from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

"There is a process we can go through to see if we can get hold of that [unallocated] spectrum so we can satisfy some of Western Australia particularly," he said.

"These [are] small bits, so it's a process we'll go through with the ACMA."

The 2.2 GHz band, which runs from 2025 MHz to 2285 MHz, is designated by the ACMA for "medium capacity fixed point-to-point links."

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