Wednesday, October 5, 2022

ACMA Announces Formation of 3.4 GHz Technical Liaison Group

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has announced it is forming a Technical Liaison Group (TLG) to implement key decisions from its outcomes paper, Optimising arrangements for the 3400-3575 MHz band: Planning decisions and preliminary views.

As part of the process to optimise arrangements in the band, ACMA has announced plans to excise and resume 75 MHz of unused spectrum in urban areas of NBN’s existing 3.5 GHz licence holdings (referred to as ‘urban excise’) and consider options to make it available to other operators.

To progress this work, the Authority will:

  • develop interference management criteria to and from urban excise areas (as defined in the outcomes paper); and
  • review other specific aspects of the licence technical framework.

A TLG is a short-term advisory body convened by the ACMA to provide advice on specific technical issues, often related to the development or revision of spectrum licence technical frameworks.

Participation in a TLG is usually open to any interested parties. Members typically include technical experts representing affected incumbent licensees, manufacturers, industry bodies, accredited persons, or prospective licensees if new spectrum is being made available.

The duration of each TLG is determined on a band-by-band basis. Timeframes will depend on the complexity of matters to be considered by the TLG members and may be revised by the ACMA depending on issues that arise.

The 3.4 GHz TLG will notionally operate for 4 months, from 2 November 2020 to 26 February 2021, however, it may be extended if required to address specific issues.

For further information, or if you would like to be a part of the TLG, please contact freqplan@acma.gov.au 

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