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The ACMA

Proposed changes to the 2.3 GHz spectrum licence technical framework

Consultation on the proposed spectrum licence technical framework for the 2302-2400 MHz (2.3 GHz) band is now complete. The deadline for submissions was the 13th November 2013.

Submissions received

The ACMA received 1 submission in response to the consultation paper Expiring spectrum licences—technical framework for the 2.3 GHz band. The submission is available below:

This submission resulted in some minor changes to part 3 of the Draft RAG—Managing interference from spectrum-licensed transmitters. This change was specify that the protection and coordination requirements of RALI MS37 Coordination of spectrum-licensed devices operating in the 2.3 GHz band with SRS earth stations in the 2290–2300 MHz band applies in the event the transmission parameters of an existing device are modified.

Background

The ACMA reviews the technical frameworks for a spectrum licensed band as the licences in the band approach expiry. A spectrum licence technical framework is the collection of technical and regulatory conditions applicable to the use of radiocommunications devices in spectrum-licensed bands. The purpose of the technical framework is to define the technical conditions and constraints by which a device may be deployed and operated within the specified geographic area and frequency band of the licence.

Although the technical framework is optimised for technologies or services most likely to be deployed in the band, it is intended to be technology flexible. This means licensees can operate any type of radiocommunications device for any purpose, provided they comply with the technical framework relevant to the licence.

Existing spectrum licences in the 2.3 GHz band are due to expire on 24 July 2015. The intention is that an updated technical framework will apply to any re-issued or re-allocated licences in the 2.3 GHz band from 25 July 2015. The review helps to ensure the framework remains current and is capable of managing interference across the tenure period of a spectrum licence, which may be up to 15 years.

The consultation paper and related legislative instruments proposed to be amended as part of the review of the band framework are available below:

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Consultation paper: Expiring spectrum licences—technical framework for the 2.3 GHz band

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Attachment A: Draft spectrum licence

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Attachment B: Draft section 145 Determination

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Attachment C: Draft RAG—Managing interference from spectrum-licensed transmitters

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167 kb

Attachment D: Draft RAG—Managing interference to spectrum-licensed receivers

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Making a submission

Submissions on this issue should be made to:

By email: tlg@acma.gov.au

By mail:  
The Manager
Spectrum Planning Section
Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616

The closing date for submissions to the consultation was 13 November 2013.

Media enquiries should be directed to Emma Rossi on 02 9334 7719 or by email to media@acma.gov.au.


Effective consultation

The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal, written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation—a guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA’s formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.

Publication of submissions

In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.

The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

Release of submissions where authorised or required by law

Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Commonwealth Government agencies under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.

Last updated: 19 February 2014

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