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IFC 25/2009 - Proposal to make further 2 GHz spectrum available

Proposal to make further 2 GHz spectrum available

Submissions

The public consultation period for the discussion paper closed on 23 November 2009, and two submissions were received from Optus and Telstra.

The ACMA is currently in the process of reviewing these responses and finalising outcomes of the consultation process.

The allocation of Public Telecommunications Service (PTS) apparatus licences in the 2 GHz band


The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) is seeking comment on a proposed licensing arrangement that would see spectrum in the paired frequency bands 1920-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz (the 2 GHz band) available for allocation via the issue of Public Telecommunications Service (PTS) apparatus licences in regional and remote areas of Australia.

The ACMA is releasing a Discussion Paper titled Licensing arrangements to support the allocation of Public Telecommunications Service (PTS) apparatus licences in the 2 GHz band, along with proposed amendments to subordinate legislative instruments, for comment by industry and interested parties. 

The Discussion Paper outlines the proposed licensing and technical coordination arrangements for the issue of PTS licences in the 2 GHz band; and provides an explanation for the proposed amendments for the subordinate legislative instruments.

The proposed amendments to the subordinate legislative instruments will, if implemented, provide the necessary regulatory framework to enable PTS apparatus licences to be issued in the 2 GHz band.  The ACMA is seeking comment on the following draft amendment instruments and technical document:

The Discussion Paper is available in PDF (529 kb) or Word (647 kb) formats.

The comment period for the Discussion Paper, draft subordinate instruments and technical document closed on 23 November 2009.

Background

The ACMA received interest in late 2008 from telecommunications providers seeking to access spectrum in the paired frequency bands 1920-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz (the 2 GHz band) in regional and remote areas of Australia. The 2 GHz band is currently allocated on a co-primary basis to fixed and mobile services; with space research services allocated on a cop-primary basis in the 2110-2120 MHz segment respectively.

There is increasing demand, both domestic and internationally, for spectrum to provide increased capacity for services offered by mobile telecommunications providers.  The 2 GHz band has been identified as an IMT band and allocated internationally for mobile telecommunications services. By developing appropriate coordination criteria and making further spectrum available in regional and remote areas of Australia for mobile telecommunications services, the ACMA can facilitate increased use of the band by multiple services in areas where the spectrum may have otherwise remained unused.

In Australia, the 2 GHz band is allocated via the issue of spectrum licences in metropolitan and regional areas; and the issue of apparatus licences in rural and remote areas of Australia.

The ACMA believes that the issue of public telecommunications service (PTS) apparatus licences on a site coordinated basis best supports arrangements for the deployment of advanced telecommunications technologies (3G, 4G, LTE) in the 2 GHz band.
By issuing public mobile telecommunications service class B (PMTS Class B) apparatus licences on a site coordinated basis, the ACMA will be able to provide incumbent services with certainty regarding issues such as interference management.  The use of the PMTS Class B licensing option will also provide access to the 2 GHz band using a licensing arrangement that reflects the current use of the 2 GHz band in metropolitan and regional areas for mobile telecommunications services.

The ACMA is also developing an assignment model for the coordination of PTS apparatus licences in the 2 GHz band.  The coordination criteria will provide the desired level of flexibility for the ACMA to review applications for services on a case by case basis.

The assignment model adopted by the ACMA should also provide certainty to incumbent licensees by ensuring their ongoing protection in the band.

Last updated: 15 April 2016