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Beyond 2020: Draft Mobile Broadband Strategy

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Issue for comment 22/2015—10 September 2015

The spectrum management implications surrounding the growth in demand for mobile broadband capacity continue to be important issues for the ACMA. Mobile broadband spectrum management is one area where the ACMA has, for a number of years, provided detailed public guidance on its associated strategy and work plan.

Beyond 2020—A spectrum management strategy to address the growth in mobile broadband capacity (4.5 MB) (Beyond 2020 discussion paper) outlined the ACMA’s renewed spectrum management approach for mobile broadband. Comment was sought on a set of proposed strategies, including a transparent spectrum management planning process for identifying potential future spectrum options for mobile broadband, which have been developed to guide the ACMA in its actions.

Spectrum tune-up: Beyond 2020

The ACMA hosted a spectrum tune-up to discuss the Beyond 2020 discussion paper and other matters surrounding spectrum management for mobile broadband on Thursday 24 September 2015. Details about the event, including the agenda and copies of the presentations, are available from the Spectrum tune-up: Beyond 2020 page.

Submissions

The ACMA invited comments on the issues set out in the Beyond 2020 discussion paper and any other issues relevant to the ACMA’s spectrum management strategy on mobile broadband matters. Submissions from interested parties were due by COB, Friday 23 October 2015.

In total, 17 submissions were received: 

The ACMA acknowledged the concern of some stakeholders that further or revised comment on the proposed work program may be appropriate following conclusion of WRC-15, for example, in light of changes in the international planning status of a particular band. Supplementary submissions on the proposed work program were therefore able to be provided until COB, Thursday 24 December 2015. Two supplementary submissions were received:

Following consideration of responses to this discussion paper, the ACMA released a summary and ACMA response to submissions along with a final ACMA Mobile Broadband Strategy and the February 2016 edition of the mobile broadband work plan.

Further information

For any enquiries on the ACMA's mobile broadband spectrum management work, please contact the ACMA.

By email: freqplan@acma.gov.au

By mail:

Manager
Spectrum Planning Section
Spectrum Infrastructure Branch
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616


Background

Issue for comment 22/2015—10 September 2015

The spectrum management implications of the growth in demand for mobile broadband capacity continue to be important issues for the ACMA. Mobile broadband spectrum management is one area where the ACMA has, for a number of years, provided detailed public guidance on its associated strategy and work plan.

Beyond 2020—A spectrum management strategy to address the growth in mobile broadband capacity (4.5 MB) outlines the ACMA’s renewed spectrum management approach for mobile broadband. The purpose of this document is for the ACMA to share its thinking on a range of matters related to the spectrum management implications of the growth in demand for mobile broadband capacity and to seek inputs, views and ideas from the entire range of spectrum users with an interest in the issue.

Beyond 2020 contains detailed commentary on the current status of bands that are potentially affected by the rising demand for mobile broadband, which the ACMA will keep up-to-date in future editions of the annual Five-year spectrum outlook (FYSO). 

Comment is sought on a set of proposed strategies, including a transparent spectrum management planning process for identifying potential future spectrum options for mobile broadband, which have been developed to guide the ACMA in its actions.

Following consideration of responses to this discussion paper, the ACMA expects to release its updated mobile broadband strategy and work program early in 2016.

Spectrum tune-up: Beyond 2020

The ACMA hosted a spectrum tune-up to discuss the Beyond 2020 discussion paper and other matters surrounding spectrum management for mobile broadband on Thursday 24 September 2015. Details about the event, including the agenda and copies of the presentations, are available from the Spectrum tune-up: Beyond 2020 page.

Submissions

The ACMA invites comments on the issues set out in this discussion paper or any other issues relevant to the ACMA’s spectrum management strategy on mobile broadband matters. Specifically, comment is sought on the following consultation questions listed in the Beyond 2020 paper:

  • The ACMA seeks comments on these assumptions. Do you agree? Why/Why not?
  • What factors should be taken into account in assessing the highest value use of a spectrum band? What particular costs and benefits should be taken into account? Is there a recognised measure of these costs and benefits?
  • The ACMA seeks comments on these strategies. In particular, comment is sought on the stages of band replanning and considerations for advancing through these stages.
  • The ACMA seeks comments on the proposed work program. Are there any frequency bands or other projects which should/should not be included in the current work program? Why/Why not?

Submissions are invited from interested parties by COB, Friday 23 October 2015.

The ACMA acknowledges the concern of some stakeholders that further or revised comment on the proposed work program may be appropriate following conclusion of WRC-15, for example, in light of changes in the international planning status of a particular band. Supplementary submissions on the proposed work program may be provided until COB, Thursday 24 December 2015.

Submissions should be sent to the ACMA:

By email: freqplan@acma.gov.au

By mail:

Manager
Spectrum Planning Section
Spectrum Infrastructure Branch
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616

Effective consultation

The ACMA is committed to ensuring the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal, written consultation processes, it has developed the following guide: Effective consultation: A guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA’s formal, written, public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.

Publication of submissions

In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives, including any personal information in the submissions (such as names and contact details of submitters). The ACMA prefers to receive submissions which are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material (including any personal information) over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim. The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

Release of submissions where authorised or required by law

Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Australian Government agencies and certain other parties under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.

Privacy

The Privacy Act 1988 imposes obligations on the ACMA in relation to the collection, security, quality, access, use and disclosure of personal information. These obligations are detailed in the Australian Privacy Principles that apply to organisations and Australian Government agencies.

The ACMA may only collect personal information if it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, one or more of its functions or activities.

The purposes for which personal information is being collected (such as the names and contact details of submitters) are to:

The ACMA will not use the personal information collected for any other purpose, unless the submitter has provided their consent or the ACMA is otherwise permitted to do so under the Privacy Act.

Submissions in response to this paper are voluntary. As mentioned above, the ACMA generally publishes all submissions it receives, including any personal information in the submissions. If a submitter has made a confidentiality claim over personal information which the ACMA has accepted, the submission will be published without that information. The ACMA will not release the personal information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

If a submitter wishes to make a submission anonymously or through use of a pseudonym, they are asked to contact the ACMA to see whether it is practicable to do so in light of the subject matter of the consultation. If it is practicable, the ACMA will notify the submitter of any procedures that need to be followed and whether there are any other consequences of making a submission in that way.

Further information on the Privacy Act and the ACMA’s privacy policy is available at www.acma.gov.au/privacypolicy. The privacy policy contains details about how an individual may access personal information about them that is held by the ACMA, and seek the correction of such information. It also explains how an individual may complain about a breach of the Privacy Act and how the ACMA will deal with such a complaint.

Last updated: 26 July 2017