The Australian Communication and Media Authority (the ACMA) has released the Applicant information paper (AIP) for remote areas of Australia within the 1800 MHz band. The AIP contains important information about the issue of public telecommunications service apparatus licences (PTS licences) in remote areas of Australia within the band.
The AIP outlines the application documents that must be completed and forwarded to the ACMA, as well as details of the regulatory and legislative process the ACMA will employ to issue licences. It is important that prospective licensees read and understand the information contained in the AIP before taking part in the licensing processes conducted by the ACMA.
The ACMA has revised existing regulatory measures for the band and developed access arrangements for remote Australia utilising PTS licences. This will support the deployment of mobile services in remote areas.
To assist with an orderly release of licences in the band, the ACMA has defined a list of ‘priority assignments’ for access to the 1800 MHz band. Under this approach, applicants can only apply for licences in the specific channels assigned to them.
The release of the AIP indicates the commencement of the notification period. The three mobile telecommunication carriers (Telstra, Vodafone Hutchison Australia and Optus) may make applications for licences from the commencement of the notification period. However, access is only available in the defined priority assignment relevant for each carrier.
For potential licensees in the ‘Other’ segment of the band, the notification period will run until the ACMA opens the application window and starts accepting applications. That is, the ACMA will not accept applications in the ‘Other’ segment of the band during the notification period.
The application window period will commence at 11:00 am Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEST) on 12 January 2016 and finish 11:00 am AEST on 19 January 2016.
Questions about the allocation process can be forwarded to the ACMA by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 850 115.