26 October 2010
More spectrum for wireless access services on the Queensland Coast
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is making additional spectrum available for wireless access services in the 3.6 GHz band (3575 – 3700 MHz) on the Queensland Coast.
‘This latest 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. ‘The ACMA has already issued 194 licences to 11 service providers in locations in South East and Northern SA, Victoria, Tasmania, Southern and Northern NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.’
Transmitter licences allowing use of the 3.6 GHz band in the Queensland Coast will be allocated via an over the counter administrative process, in the same manner as the four previous allocation rounds. The area for this new allocation round has been described as Area 5.
There will be a 10 day application window for applications for point-to-multipoint transmitter licences in Area 5. The application window for Area 5 will commence at 11:00 am on 22 November 2010 and close at 11:00 am on 6 December 2010. Applications for Area 5 will only be accepted within this application window.
Following the completion of the over the counter process in Area 5, the ACMA will commence a price-based allocation process for the remaining geographic areas (Northern Rivers, NSW Mid North Coast, Wollongong/Shoalhaven and Murray River).
The term ‘wireless access service’ (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 a public network, 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 5 and relevant technical documentation, can be viewed on the ACMA website.
A summary of the allocation results for licences in the 3.6 GHz band in the previous four geographic areas can also be viewed on the ACMA website.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Donald Robertson, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7980, 0418 86 1766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. For more information: www.acma.gov.au.