Mobile broadband services deliver substantial economic and societal benefits to the Australian economy and community. The growth in demand for mobile broadband capacity is ongoing and is likely to lead to continuing pressures for additional spectrum, although the extent and timing of these needs cannot be predicted with any certainty. There is also a continuing need for spectrum for many other services. The development of spectrum management arrangements that support the growth in mobile broadband capacity must therefore continue to be balanced with the ongoing requirements for other uses of the spectrum.
The ACMA has developed a set of strategies to address the growth in demand for mobile broadband capacity. A key part of these strategies is the articulation of a spectrum management process for the release of additional spectrum for mobile broadband.
This follows a comprehensive industry consultation process, which included a discussion paper, Beyond 2020—A spectrum management strategy to address the growth in mobile broadband capacity (Beyond 2020), released in September last year. A summary and ACMA response to submissions received to Beyond 2020 was also released with the final strategy and work plan.
Mobile broadband work program–February 2016 update outlines the ACMA’s current spectrum planning work program regarding mobile broadband, as at February 2016.
The ACMA will include an updated mobile broadband work program in the annual update to the Five-year spectrum outlook (FYSO), or another publication as appropriate, in line with the implementation of the recommendations of the government’s Spectrum review. This will be used as a tool to keep stakeholders informed on the suite of mobile broadband spectrum planning projects being conducted by the ACMA.