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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, 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.

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.

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