Thursday, February 29, 2024

Spectrum Options Published for Local Area Wireless Broadband

The Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) has published an information paper detailing spectrum options for local area wireless broadband services.

Different types of spectrum use require certain types of licensing to enable spectrum users to deliver these services. This is particularly the case with wireless broadband services with a large variety of services.

The paper includes information to assist existing and prospective providers of local wireless broadband networks in identifying spectrum bands and regulatory arrangements that are needed to deploy their services.

These providers typically offer fixed wireless access (FWA) or private mobile networks – sometimes referred to as private Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks – to small or medium-sized geographical areas such as schools, mines, campuses, small towns and businesses.

Given the local nature of these use types and user preferences, apparatus and class licensing arrangements are often the most suitable – and are the focus of our paper. It identifies all of the frequency bands suitable for use by these services and other required information to licence them.

The paper also focuses on spectrum options to support customer access networks or ‘last mile’ service delivery. It contains some information on spectrum suitable for network backhaul.


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