Priorities for 2013 - 2014 | ACMA

Priorities for 2013 - 2014

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.


 

Frequency range

Project

Priority

45–52 MHz and 56–70 MHz (VHF Band I)

87.5–108 MHz (VHF Band II)

174–230 MHz (VHF Band III)

520–820 MHz (UHF Band IV and Band V)

Digital switchover

Tasks to assist the government’s switch-off of analog television in VHF Bands I and II, as part of transition to digital television broadcasting in Australia.

The ACMA is currently involved in assessing digital coverage to ensure an equivalent level of service post switchover and is monitoring the nationwide rollout of digital television infrastructure.

High

403–520 MHz

Implementation of 400 MHz band arrangements

Outcomes of the 400 MHz band review announced in April 2010 and implementation began in early 2011. Project is due for completion by 2018.

High

803960 MHz

Review of the 803–960 MHz band

The ACMA has released two discussion papers in the review - The 900 MHz band—Exploring new opportunities discussion paper and The 803–960 MHz band—Exploring options for future change. A number of significant potential improvements to the way the band is assigned appear to be possible.

High

694–820 MHz

Wireless microphone transition

The ACMA is working to support the transition of wireless microphones from the digital dividend by 31 December 2014.

High

1.5 GHz

1.5 GHz mobile band

The Planning for mobile broadband within the 1.5 GHz mobile band discussion paper on the 1427.9–1510.9 MHz band was released in mid 2012. The future use of this band is continuing to be considered in the context of the ACMA’s strategy for mobile broadband.

High

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 1770-1775MHz and 1865–1870MHz in Adelaide, 1710–1712.5MHz and 1805–1807.5MHz in regional South Australia and 1710–1712.5MHz and 1805–1807.5MHz in Cairns/Townsville of the spectrum in the 1800 MHz band to be allocated by issuing spectrum licences. Once designation has been made, the ACMA will proceed with allocation.

High

1710–1785 MHz and 1805–1880 MHz (Tranch 2)

ESL Tranche 2 of 1800 MHz band

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

High

17101785 MHz

18051880 MHz

Review future arrangements of the 1800 band

Longer term planning arrangements for the band in regional and remote areas to accommodate the availability of LTE.

High

1915–1920 MHz

and

1920–1935 MHz and 2110–2125 MHz

Designate for allocation as spectrum licences

Designate the 1915–1920MHz in Canberra, Darwin and Hobart, 1930–1935MHz and 2120–2125MHz in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin and Hobart and 1920–1930MHz and 2110–2120MHz in Darwin and Hobart of the spectrum in the 2 GHz band to be allocated by issuing spectrum licences. Once designation has been made, the ACMA will proceed with allocation.

High

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.

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

High

 

 

2302–2400 MHz

ESL—2.3 GHz band

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

Review options to expand the band from 98 MHz to 100 MHz bandwidth.

High

25702620 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.

High

3400–3600 MHz

Review of 3.5 GHz band

Review the future arrangements in the 3400–3600 MHz frequency range (3.5 GHz), including the consideration of technology and regulatory processes supporting ESL framework.

High

26.5–27.5 GHz

ESL—27 GHz band

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

High

27.5–28.35 GHz

ESL—28 GHz band

Technical processes to implement apparatus licensing in the 28 GHz band when current spectrum licences expire.

High

 

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