Future use of 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands

Consultation closes: 09 December 2016

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Discussion paper: Future use of the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands

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Executive summary

The 1427–1518 MHz band (the 1.5 GHz band) and the 3575–3700 MHz band (the 3.6 GHz band) are currently included in the initial investigation stage of the ACMA’s mobile broadband (MBB) work program.

Consideration for the use of both the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands for MBB services has progressed internationally in the International Telecommunication Union–Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), Asia–Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and in individual countries around the world. The progress of this consideration means it is timely to consider the potential re-planning of these bands in Australia.

The main intention of the discussion paper is to determine whether consideration of the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands should be progressed to the preliminary re-planning stage of the ACMA’s process for consideration of additional spectrum for MBB services.

These bands are currently used by other services, including fixed and satellite services. An analysis of current usage, as well as potential planning options for re-farming informed by a preliminary technical assessment, are outlined in this paper. This provides an opportunity for stakeholders to inform the ACMA about their views and the effects of different options on incumbent and potential new services, so the costs and benefits can be accurately gauged and considered.

To assist in forming a judgement on whether bands should be progressed to the preliminary re-planning stage, the ACMA has performed a preliminary assessment of highest-value use. Based on the outcomes of this assessment, the ACMA believes that the highest-value use of the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands has changed, or may be changing, in some areas.

Issue for comment

Opportunity to provide feedback

The ACMA is inviting comment on the proposal to progress consideration of the bands for MBB to the preliminary re-planning stage of the ACMA’s MBB work program. Specific questions are included in the discussion paper for consideration and feedback.

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