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26 GHz and 28 GHz bands

Read about our consultations and progress for the allocation of these bands

Overview

The 26 GHz band was a millimetre wave (mmWave) band considered for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) allocation at the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2019. It is a milestone towards international agreement on the band for 5G wireless broadband technologies.

The Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts has made a declaration reallocating the frequency range 26 GHz (25.1 – 27.5 GHz) band for spectrum licensing in 29 cities and regional centres.

We have undertaken spectrum reviews and supported planning arrangements of the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands. This will aid the introduction of new technologies in mmWave spectrum for services such as 5G.

The reviews considered current and potential uses of the 26 and 28 GHz bands. In February 2020, we introduced a new area-wide apparatus licence type (AWL) to give spectrum users additional flexibility within the apparatus licensing system.

You can view the reviews below.

 

26 GHz band (25.1–27.5 GHz)

Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Allocation — 26 GHz Band) Determination 2020 (November 2020)

Radiocommunications Spectrum Marketing Plan (26 GHz Band) 2020 (November 2020)

Radiocommunications (Unacceptable Levels of Interference — 26 GHz Band) Determination 2020 (November 2020)

Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines (Managing Interference to Spectrum Licensed Receivers — 26 GHz Band) 2020 (November 2020)

Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines (Managing Interference from Spectrum Licensed Transmitters – 26 GHz Band) 2020 (November 2020)

Proposed licensing arrangements in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands consultation (August 2020)

Radiocommunications (Spectrum Access Charges – 26 GHz Band) Direction 2020 (October 2020)

Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Limits—26 GHz Band) Direction 2020 (August 2020)

Draft legislative instruments consultation for the 26 GHz band (July 2020)

Application for 26 GHz band scientific licences (November 2019)

Notice: Radiocommunications (Spectrum re-allocation—26 GHz band) Declaration 2019

Draft spectrum re-allocation recommendation for the 26 GHz band (2019 consultation)

Options for wireless broadband in the 26 GHz band (2018 consultation)

 

28 GHz band (27.5–29.5 GHz)

Proposed licensing arrangements in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands (2020 consultation)

Planning options for the 28 GHz band (2019 consultation)

Spectrum planning for the 28 GHz band (2018 consultation)

Channel arrangements in the 28 GHz band

 

Area-wide apparatus licences (AWL)  

Application for area-wide apparatus licensing  in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands (October 2020)

Introducing area-wide apparatus licensing (February 2020)

Proposed area-wide apparatus licence (2019 consultation)

Next up: Area-wide apparatus licensing in the 26 and 28 GHz bands
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