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ACMA research program

This article is taken from the ACMA's Five-year Spectrum Outlook 2013-2017, published in September 2013. 

The Five-year spectrum outlook 2013–2017  is available for download as an e-mag, PDF and word document here. The Table of contents and links to individual sections of the report are available here.


The ACMA has an integrated program of research, policy, planning and international activities that informs its spectrum management priorities and work program. This incorporates:

  • ongoing research on identified planning and allocation issues to better understand spectrum requirements
  • attendance and participation at international forums to inform planning and band management activities
  • industry consultation and dialogue through discussion papers and annual RadComms conferences.

Continuing to renew and update the ACMA’s information on spectrum requirements is essential in optimising the ACMA’s spectrum planning and allocation decision-making processes. During 2013, the ACMA has commenced two key research projects:

  • Spectrum Requirements for Wireless Access Services
  • Economic Assessment of the Impact of Mobile Broadband Technologies on the Australian Economy and Society.

The Spectrum Requirements for Wireless Access Services project commenced on 1 July 2013. It continues the ACMA’s ongoing research work looking at the growth in wireless access services. This project will undertake updated spectrum demand and market development forecasts for wireless access services in Australia and qualitative analysis of factors which may impact on those forecasts. This will cover each year between 2015 and 2020 and at a five-yearly interval thereafter. It is anticipated that the forecasts will be available in early 2014.

The spectrum requirements forecasting project is intended to provide the ACMA with a longer term forecasting capability and complement current forecast assumptions. This is particularly important following the auction results for the allocation of the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands.

 The Economic Assessment of the Impact of Mobile Broadband Technologies on the Australian Economy and Society project seeks to model the economic impact of mobile broadband spectrum use and availability on the Australian economy. The project is intended to assist in informing the ACMA’s understanding of the economic implications of mobile broadband planning and allocation decision-making.

Last updated: 19 February 2016

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