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, Cyber Safety 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.
Reviews and related information
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)
26 GHz band scientific licences (November 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)
Planning options for the 28 GHz band (2019 consultation)
Spectrum planning for the 28 GHz band (2018 consultation)
Area-wide apparatus licences (AWL)
Introducing area-wide apparatus licensing (February 2020)
Proposed area-wide apparatus licence (2019 consultation)