The Australian government announced last week rules for the country's forthcoming 3G (third-generation) mobile phone spectrum auction designed to ensure there will be at least four competing operators offering 3G services in urban areas and two competitors in rural areas.
The auction, to be held in the first half of 2001, will therefore maximise the potential benefits to consumers, according to a statement issued by Richard Alston, Federal Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. The competitive environment will mean a faster rollout of 3G mobile services and their availability at the cheapest possible price, Alston said.
However, Australia's 3G auction is unlikely to yield anything near the $2.6 billion that the Government was originally hoping for.
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