Outlook work program 2013–2017 | ACMA

Outlook work program 2013–2017

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.


6.1.1  Band-by-band

Band

Frequency

range

Spectrum management issue

ACMA approach

TIME FRAME

Priority

Status

MF

526.5–1606.5 kHz
(MF-AM band)

Band congestion.

The ACMA supports digital radio trials to assess the potential for DRM digital radio to alleviate congestion in this band. If successful, the ACMA may replan this channel to accommodate DRM services.

The ACMA will monitor digital radio technologies and the development of markets for their deployment.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

HF

5900–5950 kHz

7300–7350 kHz

9400–9500 kHz

11600–11650 kHz

13570–13600 kHz

13800–13870 kHz

15600–15800 kHz

17480–17550 kHz

18900–19020 kHz

Support introduction of digitally modulated broadcasting transmissions.

Embargo 46 Embargo on new frequency assignments to encourage the introduction of digitally modulated emissions for broadcasting services in HF bands.

MEDIUM

Low

Monitoring

HF

5950–6200 kHz

7100–7300 kHz

9500–9900 kHz

11650–12050 kHz

13600–13800 kHz

15100–15600 kHz

17550–17900 kHz

21450–21850 kHz

25670–26100 kHz

Industry proposals to introduce DRM into this band.

Spectrum Embargo 44 is intended to preserve planning options.

The ACMA will consult with industry to canvass interest in the possible use of DRM technology in 25670–26100 kHz.

The ACMA will monitor digital radio technologies and the development of markets for their deployment.

MEDIUM

Low

Monitoring

HF

Projected increases in the use of digital maritime HF data services may require additional spectrum allocations for future use.

The ACMA will continue to monitor the progress of HF data services and relevant technology developments.

Options for planning arrangements will be assessed when spectrum requirements are known.

MEDIUM

Low

Monitoring

VHF

45–52 MHz and
56–70 MHz (VHF Band I)

85–92 MHz

87.5–108 MHz (VHF Band II)

Introduction of digital radio broadcasting in VHF Bands I or II.

45–52 MHz.

Switch-off of analog television transmissions on
VHF Band I and II will not be used for digital television broadcasting transmissions.

The ACMA will assist the government in its digital switchover activities.

Although congestion may be alleviated as a result of the digital switchover, the ACMA is monitoring the development of related issues that are likely to impact demand for this band, such as the introduction of digital radio (DAB+) services in other bands.

Consideration is also being given to the future reduction of channel spacing.

The ACMA will continue to support digital radio trials and assist government where appropriate on the formulation of policy relating to future use of this spectrum.

Some VHF channels may become available for non-broadcasting applications at the end of the simulcast period; the introduction of digital radio broadcasting is also a possibility.

The ACMA will continue to monitor demand for non-commercial and regional radio broadcasting services and the development of different digital radio technologies.

MEDIUM

Medium

Monitoring

VHF

108–117.975 MHz

This band was allocated to the aeronautical mobile service (AM(R)S) on a primary basis at WRC-07 for LOS applications, including RNSS signal corrections. This affects existing services in this band.

The ACMA will continue to consider the impact of the introduction of AM(R)S on existing services by:

> sharing studies between AM(R)S and VHF-FM band radio broadcasting services

> assessing compatibility between GBAS/GRAS correction signals and FM broadcasting.

This band is also undergoing work as part of the digital switch-off

LONG

Low

Monitoring

VHF

117.975–137 MHz

Congestion experienced in VHF aeronautical mobile bands at the international level.

Additional primary allocations made to the AM(R)S at WRC-07 are intended to alleviate congestion. However, the ACMA first needs to consider the impact of the introduction of AM(R)S on existing services.

LONG

Low

Monitoring the international environment.

Sharing studies underway.

Deploying technology.

VHF

121.5 MHz–121.5/243.0 MHz

Satellite detection of distress beacons (such as EPIRBs, PLBs and ELTs) ceased 1 February 1999. Satellite detection now only on406 MHz.

121.5 MHz continues to be used for homing signals to be received by aircraft and rescue craft. The COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system no longer receives distress signals from distress beacons on 121.5 MHz.

MEDIUM

Medium

Monitoring

VHF

137–144 MHz

Channel 5A will not be used for broadcasting services after the switch-off of analog television.

Switch off of analog television.

SHORT

High

Monitoring

VHF

156–174 MHz

Maximise the efficiency of the VHF maritime mobile band.

To encourage the use of single-channel operations and 12.5 kHz channel spacing, as well as the introduction of new digital technologies.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

VHF

168–174 MHz

No new assignments for fixed or mobile services near sites that could be used for the transmission of digital television broadcasting on VHF television Channel 6.

Embargo 32 on new assignments to support the introduction of digital terrestrial television broadcasting.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

VHF

174–230 MHz
(VHF Band III)

 

Spectrum availability to support the introduction of DAB+.

Digital dividend—spectrum vacated following the analog TV switch-off and restack.

Clearance of the digital dividend at 700 MHz will require additional use of this VHF band for digital television services.

VHF channel 9A is available for DAB+ digital radio in mainland state capital cities, but there is limited spectrum availability for regional areas, particularly those close to capital cities.

Digital radio broadcasting services commenced in mainland state capital cities on 1 July 2009. No new commercial digital radio licences will be issued in these areas for six years after this date. No start-up date has been announced for digital radio services in regional Australia.

The ACMA will continue to facilitate DAB+ trials. Deployment of DAB+ in regional areas requires further consideration by the ACMA and the government.

SHORT

High

Monitoring

VHF/ UHF

230–380 MHz

380–399.9 MHZ

Defence band.

230–399.9 MHz—primary Defence mobile communications band. Identified as a future operational band for NCW.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

UHF

380–400 MHz

Defence band.

Defence currently has exclusive use under footnote AUS101.

In principle agreement between Defence and some federal government agencies has been reached to provide access to parts of this segment. Being progressed bilaterally.

Whether or not this occurs hinges on ability for federal agencies to secure funding. Failure to do so will be likely to have implications for the 400 MHz band implementation.

MEDIUM

Medium

Monitoring

UHF

403–520 MHz

400 MHz implementation.

430–450 MHz—Possible future Defence radar includes development of foliage penetration radar.

The ACMA has implemented new arrangements in this band, as per the outcomes the 400 MHz band review.

Embargo 19—no new assignments to the TLMRS outside a 100 km radius of state capitals (except Hobart) and Canberra (for which fewer channels are embargoed) in order to protect wideband fixed services in regional/remote areas.

Embargo 45—no new assignments in order to support expansion of UHF TV Channel 27 and to preserve planning options for adjacent channel sharing.

Embargo 50—no new assignments to support the review of arrangements for harmonised government spectrum primarily to support national security, law enforcement and emergency services.

Embargo 51—no new land mobile assignments requiring channel bandwidths greater than 12.5 kHz to support measures to address congestion in HDAs and MDAs.

Embargo 53—no new assignments to be made to national security, law enforcement and emergency services to harmonise government spectrum.

Embargo 60—no new frequency assignments to support formalising arrangements for the rail industry.

MEDIUM

Medium

Ongoing work plan

UHF

406–406.1 MHz

Support search and rescue.

Introduction of the Galileo GNSS expected for around 2014—search and rescue uplink.

Embargo 53 -no new assignments to be made to national security, law enforcement and emergency services to harmonise government spectrum.

MEDIUM

Low

Monitoring

UHF

448–450 MHz

Indication of BoM plans for increased use of wind profiler radars.

The ACMA will liaise with the BoM on future requirements for wind profiler radars.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

UHF

450–470 MHz

Support 450–470 MHz band.

Embargo 54—no new frequency assignments to support change to 10 MHz duplex frequency split in part of the band

Embargo 55—no new frequency assignments to support change to 10 MHz duplex frequency split in part of the band

Embargo 56—no new frequency assignments to support change to 10 MHz duplex frequency split in part of the 450–470 MHz band.

 

UHF

694–820 MHz

Wireless microphone transition.

Tasks to support the transition of wireless microphones from the digital dividend by 31 December 2014.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work plan

UHF

520–820 MHz

UHF Band IV and Band V

Digital switchover.

Tasks to assist the government’s switch-off of analog television.

Digital dividend of 126 MHz which includes the 700 MHz band (694–820 MHz) is to be achieved as soon as practicable following the switch-off of analog television.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work plan

UHF

698–820 MHz

Potential expansion of the 800 MHz band.

The ACMA is undertaking work to determine the future use of the 803–820 MHz band which is not included as part of the 700 MHz allocation.

Embargo 64—No new frequency assignments are to be made in the 803–825 MHz, 845–870 MHz and 890–960 MHz frequency bands. The exception is where the assignment is for the expansion of an existing system or where one assignment is exchanged for another within the band and within the same area. This is contingent on minimal changes in overall spectrum use.

SHORT

High

Review commenced 2011

807–825 MHz/
852–870 MHz

Future investigation.

This band has been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

LONG

Medium

Monitoring

UHF

820–960 MHz

 

Band review to improve arrangements.

803–960 MHz—Channels 68 and 69 are being considered as part of the 800/900 MHz band review.

This band is undergoing review to consider spectrum planning options for the digital CMTS segments and a possible extension of the 800 MHz band.

Review will incorporate provisions for public safety mobile broadband.

Embargo 64-–No new frequency assignments are to be made in the 803-825 MHz, 845-870 MHz and 890-960 MHz frequency bands The exception is where the assignment is for the expansion of an existing system or where one assignment is exchanged for another within the band and within the same area. This is contingent on minimal changes in overall spectrum use.

SHORT

High

Review commenced 2011

L-band

1164–1610 MHz

Growth of GNSS—introduction of Galileo, QZSS and Compass, along with other regional positioning systems and augmentation system.

The ACMA plans to continue to accommodate GNSS in this spectrum and believes that GNSS should not be constrained by other services in this band. The ACMA will continue to monitor international policy and technological developments.

MEDIUM

Medium

Ongoing

1427.9–1510.9 MHz

Review band to assess potential use for mobile broadband services.

The ACMA may revise the 1.5 GHz Band Plan to determine whether the existing technical and licensing arrangements reflect the most efficient use of spectrum. The ACMA will consider whether the current allocation for terrestrial DAB+ services should remain.

The ACMA will consider the potential use of the band for mobile broadband services.

Planning in the band will also consider potential future use by satellite digital radio and other services.

This band has been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

MEDIUM

Medium

Ongoing.

Commenced in 2011

1518–1559 MHz/
1610–1660.5 MHz

Future investigation.

This band has been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

LONG

Medium

Monitoring

1518–1544 MHz/
1626.5–1675 MHz
(L-band extension bands)[1]

 

Possible introduction of MSS systems, in particular for the satellite component of IMT (identified at WRC-07).

Introduction of MSS would require revision of the 1.5 GHz Band Plan to permit MSS systems and clearing of incumbent users in the 1525–1535 MHz band.

The ACMA plans to continue to protect DRCS/HCRC in the 1518–1525 MHz band, and the protection of 1660–1670 MHz RAS and 1668–1668.4 MHz SRS will be considered. The ACMA will monitor demand in these bands for MSS.

MEDIUM

Medium

Ongoing work

1610–1626.5 MHz/
2483.5–2500 MHz

Increased interest in mobile television and MSS systems (possibly including ATC).

The ACMA will continue to monitor national and international demand for MSS systems and satellite delivery of mobile television. In the case that an MSS system is introduced, the effects of such a system on co- and adjacent-band services will need to be considered.

MEDIUM

 

Low

 

International MSS satellites planned to cover Australia.

Introduction of Australian MSS systems.

Compatibility with existing and potential future services.

1668–1675 MHz

Future investigation.

This band has been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

LONG

Medium

Monitoring

1710–1712.5 MHz and 1805–1807.5 MHz (Paired)

 

1770–1775 MHz and 1865–1870 MHz

Designate for allocation as spectrum licences.

Designate the parts of the 1800 MHz spectrum to be allocated by issuing spectrum licences. Once designation has been made, the ACMA will proceed with developing the technical and regulatory processes to allocate via price-based allocation or pre-determined price.

SHORT

High

Medium

1710–1785 MHz and 1805–1880 MHz (Tranche 2 frequencies)

ESL Tranche 2 of 1800 MHz band

Technical and regulatory processes supporting the reissue and/or allocation processes of expiring spectrum licences.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work plan

1710–1785 MHz

 

1805–1880 MHz

Review future arrangements of the 1800 MHz band.

Longer term planning arrangements for the band in regional and remote areas to accommodate the availability of LTE in the band. Review will consider licensing and regulatory arrangements in regional and remote areas in both the short- medium- and long term.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work plan

1900–1920 MHz

1920–1980 MHz

2110–2170 MHz (paired)

2 GHz band

Technical and regulatory processes supporting the reissue and/or reallocation processes of expiring spectrum licences.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work plan

1915–1920 MHz

 

and

 

1920–1935 MHz and 2110–2125 MHz

Designate for allocation as spectrum licences.

Designate the parts of the
2 GHz spectrum to be allocated by issuing spectrum licences. Once designation has been made, the ACMA will proceed with developing the technical and regulatory processes to allocate spectrum via price-based allocation or pre-determined price.

 

1980–2010 MHz and 2170–2200 MHz

Future investigation.

1980–2010 MHz and 2170–2200 MHz have been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

 

1980–2110 MHz/

2170–2300 MHz

Introduction of TOB services.

Introduction of arrangements supporting TOB services in the bands 1980–2110 MHz and 2170–2300 MHz.

Finalise coordination arrangements by the end of 2013 in consultation with stakeholders.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work plan

2302–2400 MHz (2.3 GHz)

 

Service planning.

 

The ACMA will review options to expand the band from 98 MHz to 100 MHz bandwidth.

Technical and regulatory processes supporting the reissue and/or reallocation processes of expiring spectrum licences.

Embargo 26—no apparatus licences may be issued in Australia due to spectrum licensing provisions.

Embargo 49—no new assignments for terrestrial radiocommunication services to support the development of space communications facilities in the general area of the Mingenew site.

SHORT

Medium

Monitoring

2483.5–2500 MHz

Future investigation.

This band may be considered for the future expansion of low interference potential devices to align with international arrangements.

LONG

Medium

Monitoring

2570–2620 MHz

Conversion of
2.5 GHz

Conversion existing 2.5 GHz Television Outside Broadcast Network (TOBN) apparatus licences to spectrum licences in the mid-band gap.

Embargo 43—no new assignments to support planning for terrestrial fixed and mobile services.

Embargo 26—no apparatus licences may be issued in Australia due to spectrum licensing provisions.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work plan

S-band

2700–3400 MHz

Assignment coordination difficulties between radar operators.

The ACMA will work with Defence, Airservices Australia and the BoM to consider improved sharing arrangements between radiolocation and radionavigation services in these bands. This will include establishment of a domestic radar technical working group.

This band has been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

MEDIUM

Low

Ongoing work plan

C-band

3400–3600 MHz

 

 

 

Extension of arrangements under RALI FX14 to support WAS in regional and remote areas not subject to spectrum licensing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potential use for WAS applications Australia-wide.

The ACMA will review the band to ascertain if it is suitable for WAS applications.

Explore options for the use of 3492.5–3542.5 MHz.

Technical and regulatory processes supporting the reissue and/or reallocation processes of expiring spectrum licences.

3400–3575 MHz—Embargo 52—no new assignments for WAS (point-to-multipoint services) where any part of the necessary bandwidth is inside the designated areas of the WPA.

3492.5–3542.5 MHz—Embargo 61—no new frequency assignments to support future planning for terrestrial fixed and mobile services.

The ACMA will review the band to ascertain if it is suitable for WAS applications.

Potential industry consultation.

Embargo 26—no apparatus licences may be issued in certain regional and urban areas due to spectrum licensing provisions.

3575–3710 MHz—Embargo 42—no assignments may be made in order to support roll out of WAS—the ACMA has allowed WAS (point-to-multipoint services) to be licensed in regional and remote areas of Australia via administrative allocation process.

3400–4200 MHz—Embargo 49—no new assignments for terrestrial radiocommunication services to support the development of space communications facilities in the general area of the Mingenew site.

3400–3425 MHz has been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

SHORT

Medium

Ongoing work plan

3492.5–3542.5 MHz
(3.5 GHz)

 

This band has been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

LONG

Medium

Monitoring

3575–3600 MHz

Future investigation.

This band has been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

LONG

Medium

Monitoring

3600–4200 MHz

 

3400–4200 MHz—The ACMA does not support ubiquitous, uncoordinated deployment of Earth stations in bands shared with terrestrial services.

3575–3710 MHz—Embargo 42—no assignments may be made in order to support roll out of WAS— The ACMA has allowed WAS (point-to-multipoint services) to be licensed in regional and remote Australia via administrative allocation process.

3400–4200 MHz—Embargo 49—no new assignments for terrestrial radiocommunication services to support the development of space communications facilities in the general area of the Mingenew site.

3600–3700 MHz—Embargo 52—no new assignments for WAS (P-MP services) where any part of the necessary bandwidth is inside the designated areas of the WPA.

3600–3800 MHz and 3800–4200 MHz have been flagged for potential future investigation for use by mobile broadband. See sections 4.2.4 and 5.9 for more information on spectrum for mobile broadband services.

MEDIUM

Medium

Monitoring

5091–5150 MHz

Allocated to the AM(R)S on a primary basis at WRC-07 for surface applications at airports, aeronautical telemetry and security-related transmissions.

The ACMA will consider the effect of the introduction of AM(R)S on existing services, including the impact on Globalstar feeder links. Sharing between possible future AM(R)S systems and the FSS should be possible by adhering to the provisions of ITU-R Resolutions 418, 419 and 748.

International sharing studies. International deployment of technology. Coordination with Globalstar Earth stations.

MEDIUM

Low

Monitoring

5600–5650 MHz

The BoM is concerned about the introduction of class-licensed RLANs and the potential interference to its weather radars.

The ACMA believes that sharing between RLANs and weather radars based on international arrangements is possible. However, it will proceed carefully with the implementation of RLANs sharing this band to minimise the likelihood of interference and will monitor the outcomes of sharing studies overseas.

MEDIUM

Medium

Monitoring

5850–5925 MHz (5.9 GHz band)

Development of spectrum access and licensing arrangements to facilitate the introduction of intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

Embargo 48 currently protects options for the future use of this band. The ACMA released a public consultation paper in November 2009 outlining possible arrangements for ITS in the band.

Following analysis of submissions and further engagement with industry, arrangements for ITS will be finalised.

SHORT-MEDIUM

Medium

Monitoring

X-band

9300–9500 MHz

Increased use of maritime radar and possible replacement of racon technology.

The ACMA will monitor the deployment of maritime radars and the developments of non-magnetron radars, and will consult with AMSA on the continuation of racons after 2013.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

10.6–10.68 GHz

Sharing between EESS and the fixed service.

Consultation between the ACMA and stakeholders led to agreement that there would be no further use of fixed P-MP or mobile systems in the band, and that power and elevation angle limits (in line with Resolution 751) would be implemented for new fixed P-P links. The ACMA will document and formalise final arrangements in the near future, following additional formal consultation.

MEDIUM

Low

Monitoring

13.75–14.0 GHz

Some interest in simplified licensing arrangements in the band, which still satisfies current international sharing arrangements.

Any consideration of revision to licensing arrangements would first require consultation with interested and affected stakeholders in the band.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

14.40–14.83 GHz/
15.15–15.35 GHz

 

Introduction of Defence common data link (CDL) systems—spectrum is currently used extensively by fixed links and FSS.

The ACMA will continue to work with Defence and other government users to identify approaches to support use of the band by CDL systems, while maintaining access for existing and future fixed and fixed satellite services.

The ACMA will continue work with Defence to explore options for customised CDL systems that maintain interoperability with overseas systems but are better suited to Australian spectrum arrangements.

MEDIUM

Medium

Monitoring

15.7–16.6 GHz

Use of this band for the operation of ASDE overseas; possible interest for future use in Australia.

The ACMA will continue to monitor ASDE developments and its possible future introduction in Australia.

Any future introduction of ASDE would require prior consultation with Defence.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

21.4–22 GHz

Consider the possible introduction of HDTV.

The ACMA may consider the possible introduction of the satellite broadcast of HDTV in the 21.4–22 GHz band(see section 5.7.2). Generally, incremental improvements to planning arrangements will be made and measures such as incentive pricing may be utilised to encourage the use of less congested bands and the relinquishment of unused licences.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

23.6–24 GHz
(24 GHz band)

Sharing issues between automotive UWB short-range radar (SRR), and the EESS and RAS.

Sharing with RAS facilitated by separation distances, antenna elevations and terrain shielding. Exclusion zones have been established around licensed RAS facilities. The ACMA considers the density of SRRs required to cause harmful interference to the EESS will not occur in the short- to medium-term. In addition, a migration to 79 GHz SRRs is expected within the next 10 years.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

26.5–27.5 GHz

27 GHz band.

Technical and regulatory processes supporting the reissue and/or reallocation processes of expiring spectrum licences.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work plan

27.5–28.35 GHz

28 GHz band.

Technical processes to implement apparatus licensing in the band.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work plan

77–81 GHz
(79 GHz band)

Possible introduction of automotive 79 GHz UWB SRR in Australia.

The ACMA will monitor developments in 79 GHz UWB SRR through consultation with peak groups and will liaise with potentially affected users as appropriate.

LONG

Low

Monitoring


6.1.2  Service planning

Project

ACMA approach

TIME FRAME

Priority

Status

Earth station siting

Consultation has commenced on the development of a long-term strategy for the sustainable siting of Earth stations.

MEDIUM–LONG

Medium

Ongoing work program

FSS sharing with SRS and FS

RALI for coordination between fixed-satellite service (FSS) and space research (deep space) service (SRS) Earth stations and terrestrial microwave fixed services between 2–30 GHz.

LONG

Low

Ongoing work program

Global navigation satellite system (GNSS)

Monitoring work has been underway since 2008 to support the introduction and growth of GNSS.

Galileo is expected to be launched in 2014.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

Microwave fixed-services bands

Review of planning arrangements for microwave fixed-services bands.

The ACMA previously considered possible changes to channel arrangements for fixed P-P links in the 1.5–3.8 GHz frequency bands. With growing interest in these bands for new mobile broadband services, the proposed arrangements will not proceed.

Focus is now bands above 5 GHz.

MEDIUM

Medium

Ongoing work program

Mobile broadband

Development of a spectrum management strategy that focuses on emerging technologies and mobile broadband services.

MEDIUM

High

Ongoing work program

Smart infrastructure

Building on the government’s smart infrastructure initiative. Identification of suitable spectrum is underway.

LONG

Low

Monitoring

Ultra wideband (UWB) devices

The ACMA intends reviewing existing arrangements to allow UWB technologies to be deployed in various bands while providing adequate protection to existing services. This work will be done through consultation with industry.

LONG

Low

Ongoing work program

Wireless microphones

Task to support the transition of wireless microphones from the digital dividend by
31 December 2014.

SHORT

High

Ongoing work program

High-frequency direction-finding (HF DF)

The establishment of a new HF DF and monitoring system is necessary for the ACMA to fully discharge its spectrum management functions in the HF band, and to continue assisting HF users.

Medium

High

Ongoing work program

 

6.1.3  Regulatory frameworks

Project

ACMA approach

Time frame

Earth receive station licensing

The ACMA has commenced consultation on its regulatory response to address non-compliance. This work program in ongoing in 2013–14.

Long

LIPD class licence

The existing LIPD class licence was made in July 2000 and was last amended in April 2013. Additional updates are expected in 2013–14 to support the transition of wireless microphones from the digital dividend. The ACMA is monitoring emerging technological developments for consideration of possible future reviews and updates to the class licence and conditions for operation, frequency bands and radiated power limits.

Long

WRC-12

implementation

Implementing regulatory changes from outcomes of WRC-12 meeting in Geneva.

Medium

WRC-15

planning

Work to support development of an Australian position on WRC-15 Agenda items.

Medium

Develop methodology for implementing opportunity cost pricing in appropriate bands

In January 2010, the ACMA decided to consider the use of opportunity cost pricing for annual fees for administratively allocated spectrum. Work has begun to develop a methodology for introducing opportunity cost pricing into various bands.

Medium

Principles for spectrum management

The principles were released in 2009 and will be reviewed to ensure that they continue to reflect key concepts in spectrum management.

Long

Infrastructure park

The ACMA is undertaking research and analysis into the development of a type of ‘private park’ to be made available for smart infrastructure.

Short

Longer term planning for the 1800 MHz band

The ACMA is considering options to allow mobile services to access the 1800 MHz band in regional and remote areas that are not currently spectrum-licensed.

This project will require consideration of the impact on existing fixed services operating in the band.

Short

Review of arrangements for LPON services

The ACMA is considering options for the future operation of LPON services resulting from the expiry of the dropthrough specified in the section 34 determination at the end of 2013.

This project will involve consultation with industry and affected stakeholders.

Short


[1] [1518–1525 MHz/1668–1675 MHz] and MSS down/uplink [1525–1544 MHz/1626.5–1660.5 MHz].

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