The purpose of this paper is to outline the Australian Communication and Media Authority’s (ACMA) consultation process for developing technical and regulatory arrangements for the 1800 MHz band.
It provides background information to assist people in making comments to the ACMA on the issues addressed. Information in this paper should not be taken to indicate [...]Continue Reading →
The ACMA is guided in its spectrum management functions by the objects of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 and its Principles for spectrum management. The key theme of both objects and principles is to maximise the overall public benefit derived from use of the radiofrequency spectrum. The ACMA achieves this goal through a balanced application of [...]Continue Reading →
This interactive and discursive consultation process is intended to develop a strategy for the ACMA’s approach to spectrum management in the 1800 MHz band. By engaging with interested parties, the ACMA will design spectrum management and licensing arrangements that facilitate greater use of this spectrum and will maximise the public benefit derived from that use.
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A series of consultation elements will allow participants to help shape the discussion. Running from the release of this paper through to the second quarter of 2013, the ACMA will host a workshop and several online interactions, and release a series of formal issues papers. Participants are encouraged to engage in dialogue through any or [...]Continue Reading →
In Australia the 1800 MHz band is spectrum licensed in major metropolitan areas, but generally apparatus licensed in regional and remote areas. This is demonstrated in Figure 3 below.
Figure 3: Areas subject to spectrum and apparatus licences in the 1800 MHz band
Figure 3 shows that spectrum licences also cover regional Australia [...]Continue Reading →
Although arrangements can be made to facilitate coexistence between PTS and point-to-point links, from a technical point of view this is only efficient while use of the band by both services is not high. Given the expected high demand for use of the band for PTS, the consultation process will also need to consider the [...]Continue Reading →
The ACMA is working with spectrum licensees in the 1800 MHz band to aggregate their licences, so that each spectrum licensee holds a single contiguous block of spectrum in the band. Since the major mobile carriers have expressed an interest in the deployment of nationwide networks in the 1800 MHz band, it would seem prudent [...]Continue Reading →
Demand for the 1800 MHz band is increasing, including in regional and remote Australia. As part of the 1800 MHz strategy, the ACMA will pursue efficiencies in spectrum assignment and use.
3.2.1 National rail communications solution
Commonwealth, state and territory governments are committed to supporting the development of a national, interoperable rail safety and signalling [...]Continue Reading →
The 1800 MHz band is an increasingly valuable band. It is highly sought after by government and commercial entities seeking to deploy emerging communications technologies to support significant national infrastructure projects or national telecommunications networks.
The types of services to be deployed in this band are conducive to operating under spectrum licensing arrangements where:
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