More spectrum for wireless access services in Murray River, Victoria, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers and Wollongong/Shoalhaven, NSW | ACMA

More spectrum for wireless access services in Murray River, Victoria, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers and Wollongong/Shoalhaven, NSW

ACMA media release 42/2011 – 5 May

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is making additional spectrum available for wireless access services (WAS) in the 3.6 GHz band (3575 - 3700 MHz) in Murray River, Victoria and the Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers and Wollongong/Shoalhaven areas of NSW.

'This final release of spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band will further support the deployment of broadband wireless and other wireless access services in regional areas of Australia,' said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

In these regions, the ACMA has decided that transmitter licences using the 3.6 GHz band will be allocated via an over the counter administrative process, following the same process as the five previous allocation rounds. The area for this new allocation round is described as Area 6.

There will be a 10 day application window for applications for point-to-multipoint transmitter licences in Area 6. The application window for Area 6 will commence at 11:00 am on 6 June 2011 and close at 11:00 am on 21 June 2011. Applications for Area 6 will only be accepted within the defined application window.

WAS encompasses the variety of ways that telecommunications carriers, internet service providers (ISPs) or other service providers deliver a radio connection from an end-user to a core network, usually public, such as a public switched telephone network, the internet, or a local/wide area network.

WAS covers a range of other terms such as: fixed wireless access (FWA), broadband wireless access (BWA), wireless local loop (WLL), multipoint distribution system (MDS) and radio local area network (RLAN).

Complete details on the allocation and application process, including the boundaries of Area 6 and relevant technical documentation, can be viewed on the ACMA web site.

A summary of the allocation results for licences in the 3.6 GHz band in the first five geographic areas can also be viewed on the ACMA web site.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or media@acma.gov.au.

Last updated: 22 November 2013