ACMA identifies additional spectrum

Second discussion paper released

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has identified additional spectrum that could potentially be used to support future wireless access services across the country.

Making additional spectrum available for wireless access services can support competition and diversity in the provision of broadband services.

It can also help to satisfy the unmet demand for spectrum, particularly in regional Australia, which was evident in submissions to the discussion paper Strategies for Wireless Access Services released in February this year.

As a result of stakeholder input to this discussion paper, potential spectrum that has been identified includes -

Short term: 1785-1805 MHz in regional and remote areas

Medium term: 2500-2690 MHz and 3575-3710 MHz

Longer term: 520-820 MHz

As part of its ongoing consultation process, ACMA has released a second discussion paper, Strategies for Wireless Access Services: Spectrum Access Options.

ACMA will also host a conference to give stakeholders further opportunity to comment on issues in this second paper as well as other spectrum issues.

The conference, RadComms 2006, will be held at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Ultimo, Sydney, on December 11-12, 2006.

The deadline for submissions to the second discussion paper is February 28, 2007.

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