Following its announcement of outcomes from the 2GHz replanning process that the band will be used for mobile-satellite services, the Australian Communications and Media Authority updated Embargo 23 and Radiocommunications assignment and licensing instruction (RALI) FX21 to align with 2GHz planning outcomes.
The changes for any new television outside broadcast services in the frequency ranges 2010–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz were:
- Limiting new television outside broadcast service licences to a licence period of no more than one year.
- Including the advice in the outcomes paper the ACMA’s preliminary view that for television outside services a transition timeframe of 5 years is appropriate in capital cities. A shorter period of 3 years is feasible in regional areas where television outside services usage is minimal.
- All new licences are to include an advisory note (BL): ‘Frequency band under review – this frequency band is currently under review to accommodate changes in technology. This review may lead to a requirement to change frequency or to cease transmission’.
- In addition to these changes, we have also taken the opportunity to update Embargo 23 regarding fixed-earth and earth-receive licences in the frequency ranges 2025–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz.
New applications for fixed-earth and earth-receive licences in the frequency ranges 2025–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz within the Mingenew Earth Station Protection Zone as defined in RALI MS44 no longer need to apply for Embargo 23 exemptions.
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