The ACMA has a policy of facilitating technical trials of new technologies, including broadcasting technologies, where radiofrequency spectrum can be allocated for the trial, so that interference is not caused to any existing radiocommunications service. Note that permission to conduct a trial in no way pre-empts or constrains future policy. In particular:
- Allocation of spectrum for a trial confers no rights to use of that spectrum other than for the purpose and duration of the trial.
- Allocation of a part of the spectrum for a trial does not preclude trials of other systems using that spectrum or imply that the application being trialled will be the preferred user of that spectrum in the future.
- Permission to trial a particular technological system does not imply the system will be introduced into Australia permanently or, if it is, that it will use the same part of the spectrum as the trial service.
- The fact of participation in a trial does not imply the trial participant will be permitted to operate the system being trialled if the Australian Government decides on its permanent introduction.
- In any application involving the participation of the public, potential trial lists should address the issue of access to equipment in the market place for the proposed tests, how equipment will be made available in the market and how consumers will be made aware of the temporary nature of the trial.
- People who acquire equipment in connection with trials, including retailers or members of the public who purchase receivers to participate in trials, or receive trial services, do so at their own risk that the trial may be discontinued.
The ACMA is conscious of the possibility that demand from bona fide applicants to conduct trials in nominated markets and/or on particular frequencies may exceed the availability of spectrum. Additionally, the ACMA is aware of the possibility that more than one applicant may wish to undertake trials at the same time.
If these situations arise, the ACMA's preference is for aspirant trial lists to resolve competing demands though a process of negotiation. However, if negotiation does not produce a workable solution, the principles used to guide the ACMA in reaching a decision will include:
- the purpose of the trial;
- the preparedness of the applicant to commence a service on the nominated date;
- the nominated date of the trial;
- whether the trial could practicably proceed using a different location or frequencies; and
- such other matters the ACMA considers relevant.
For more information about trials of new technologies, please consult the ACMA's Guidelines for dealing with applications for apparatus licences for the trial of new radiocommunications technologies (PDF 187 kb or Word 155 kb).
If you have any additional queries relating to this, or any, licence type, please contact our Radiocommunications Licensing and Assignments Section.
Information on specific trials of new broadcasting technologies licensed by the ACMA is also available.