In 2012, the Australian Communications and Media Authority gave interim access to the 2 GHz band (1980–2010 MHz and 2170–2200 MHz) for television outside broadcast (TOB) services. This was pending a future review of the band.
Since that time, ACMA says it has seen increased interest in the 2 GHz band for new applications, including:
- mobile satellite
- wireless broadband
- direct air-to-ground communications.
ACMA believes a case exists for reviewing and possibly changing the arrangements in the band.
A new consultation sets out the preliminary replanning stage of the 2 GHz band and the Authority is inviting feedback on the issues discussed in the options paper.
Submissions should be sent before COB on Wednesday 2 September 2020.
Planning Options for the 3700–4200 MHz Band
The ACMA is also reviewing planning options for spectrum in the 3700–4200 MHz band which is suitable for a range of applications, including fixed satellite and 5G (wireless broadband or WBB).
As the current framework does not support WBB use, ACMA is reviewing the band’s spectrum management framework.
The Replanning of the 3700–4200 MHz band consultation is the next step in the ACMA’s review.
The options paper identifies desirable planning outcomes for the 3700–4200 MHz band, and proposes three options. The spectrum planning paper analyses how wireless broadband and radio altimeter services can exist together in adjacent frequency bands.
Submissions can be sent before COB on Wednesday 2 September 2020.