About AP Update
Welcome to the December issue of AP Update, the ACMA's e-bulletin for Accredited Persons (APs). AP Update provides regular information about policy developments, changes to technical documentation and other items of interest.
The following topics appear in this issue:
Other current issues relevant to APs can be found on the radiofrequency spectrum section of the ACMA website.
AP Update has been prepared by the Industry Partnerships Section in the Operations Branch of the ACMA. Your feedback and suggestions for future editions are welcome. Please contact Genevieve Meadowes on (03) 9963 6990 or by email at email@example.com.
New APs from the Department of Defence
The ACMA has approved the accreditation of three employees from the Department of Defence. The approvals followed the recent removal of the Deed of Indemnity requirement for Commonwealth entities covered by the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act). This change was one of the outcomes from the ACMA's review of the Accredited Persons Scheme that took effect on 1 July 2011. The ACMA welcomes Defence participation in the AP scheme.
Inactive APs and withdrawal of accreditation
A further outcome of the ACMA's review of the AP scheme was introduction of a mechanism for the withdrawal of accreditation if an AP has been inactive for at least two years. The new approach is designed to help ensure the integrity of the frequency assignment process by ensuring that APs have kept their technical skills and understanding of Australian frequency assignment requirements up to date.
The ACMA has recently written to all APs who have not submitted any frequency assignment work to the ACMA for at least two years. The letter explained that if they wished to retain their accreditation they would need to provide information about how they have kept their skills and knowledge up-to-date. If you have any questions or concerns about this initiative, please contact Phillip Sandercock by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9963 6895.
End to ACMA protected industrial action
On Monday 14 November, the ACMA advised APs that it was negotiating with staff to establish a new enterprise agreement and that as part of these negotiations some staff of the ACMA were taking protected industrial action. That action included a work ban on the processing of Frequency Assignment Certificates lodged by APs. Limited processing of frequency assignment certificates resumed on Monday 21 November. ACMA staff subsequently voted to support the proposed enterprise agreement and ended protected action on Thursday 24 November. Processing of certificates has now returned to normal. Should you experience any delays in the processing of certificates, or have any other concerns, please contact the Radiocommunications Licensing and Telecommunications Deployment Section of the ACMA at email@example.com or call 1300 850 115.
Updating of R110 form
Accredited Persons submitting a paper Frequency Assignment Certificate (FAC) often find necessary to fill out both the R110 and the R077 forms. This is because the R110 form does not currently contain enough fields for the information that is required. To overcome this problem, the ACMA will update the R110 form to resemble the R077 form. The new R110 form will be available on the ACMA website from 14 December. From this date, the ACMA will only accept the updated R110.
Update to spectrum embargoes
The ACMA has released/created Embargo 64 and withdrawn Embargoes 24, 34 and 63.
RALI MS03: Spectrum Embargoes has been updated. Changes include:
- the new Embargo 64, to support the review of the 803-960 MHz band. This new embargo replaces Embargo 34 which is now withdrawn.
- the withdrawal of Embargo 24 previously limiting new frequency assignments in the 24.5-26.5 GHz, 28.6-29.1 GHz and 29.1-29,5 GHz frequency bands.
- the withdrawal of temporary Embargo 63 previously limiting all new apparatus licence frequency assignments in the frequency range 1690-1920 MHz to support the partial aggregation of spectrum licences in the 1800 MHz band
For more details please see Embargo 63 in RALI MS03.
The ACMA has retired RALI FX18 Frequency coordination and licensing procedures for fixed wireless access services sharing the 1.9 GHz band with fixed links due to lack of interest from industry in the deployment of services in the frequency bands it covers. This RALI defined procedures for the frequency coordination and licensing of point-to-multipoint services in the 1880-1900 MHz band.
As a result, the ACMA will no longer issue licences for point-to-multipoint services in this band.
Digital dividend auction tune-up
The ACMA held its 'Digital dividend auction tune-up 2011' in Melbourne on 4 November. The event updated stakeholders on the ACMA's preparations for the 2012 auction, including development of the auction rules and plans for future consultation.
Speakers were drawn from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the ACMA. Presentations from the event are available here.
The tune-up is part of the ACMA's engagement with stakeholders over the next 12 months in the lead-up to the auction.
Spectrum auction e-bulletin
Digital dividend (700 MHz) band and 2.5 GHz band allocations
The Spectrum auction e-bulletin is a free monthly communication providing updates about the ACMA's progress towards auctioning spectrum in the digital dividend and 2.5 GHz bands. E-bulletin issues will also include information about upcoming stages of the auction planning processes, alert stakeholders about opportunities for consultation, and provide handy links to the ACMA website.
New AP licensing and frequency assignment statistics
Monthly AP assignment statistics for 2011-12 financial year
Number of assigned licences processed
Number of AP-assigned licences processed
% of total assigned licences processed
Number of device registrations processed
Monthly AP frequency assignment statistics for 2011-12 financial year.
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ACMAsphere goes digital
A reminder that the ACMAsphere, now has a new home on our beta website, engage.acma.gov.au. All the regular content-and more-is now hosted solely online and features additional content like video, image carousels and Twitter feeds.
You can subscribe to receive a regular engage e-newsletter featuring the latest ACMA news and highlights at engage.acma.gov.au.
Media releases of interest
The following ACMA media releases/latest developments may be of interest to APs:
For more information about major ACMA announcements and news, visit the media releases and latest developments pages on the ACMA website.
Useful points of contact within the ACMA for specific queries are:
Changed your details?
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