Proposed variation to the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 1998
In accordance with section 136 of the Act and for the purpose of section 17 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, the ACMA sought written submissions regarding the proposed variation to the Space Object Class Licence.
The ACMA received seven submissions on the variation by the closing date of 19 December 2011. Two of the submissions, provided by Inmarsat and NBNCo, were submitted in-confidence and it has been decided that those submissions will not be published other than noting that both supported the proposed variation. The remaining five submissions are published below.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is seeking comment on the draft (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence Variation 2011 (No. 3). The purpose of the proposed variation is to vary the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 1998 (the Space Object Class Licence).
The ACMA developed the proposed variation in response to the increasing demand for spectrum to support satellite services. The ACMA proposes to vary the Space Object Class Licence to include:
- An additional 500 MHz of spectrum from 17.7-18.2 GHz for the reception of radio emissions by an Earth station under conditions specified in the class licence.
The current licensing arrangements are set out in the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 1998 PDF (568 kb).
The proposed variation is set out in the draft Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence Variation 2011 (No. 3) Word (100 kb) or PDF (73 kb).
The proposed variation is discussed in the paper Proposed variation to the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 1998. The discussion paper is available on the ACMA website in Word (4.2 mb) or PDF (783 kb) formats.
In accordance with section 136 of the Act and for the purpose of section 17 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, the ACMA is seeking written submissions regarding the proposed variation to the Space Object Class Licence.
Submissions should be made:
National Infrastructure, Government and Space Section
Spectrum Infrastructure Branch
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616
The closing date for submissions was 19 December 2011.
Media enquiries should be directed to Emma Rossi on 02 9334 7719 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Electronic submissions in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format are preferred.
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