803–960 MHz milestone transition timeline
The milestone transition timeline below lists milestones for ex-post compliance. This means that where action is required (for example, cessation of operation or retuning), operators will have one year from the stated date to comply with the milestone requirements. For operators required to take clearance or retuning action, this notionally provides a one-year window to do so. The compliance dates listed are the dates by which the service must have met milestone requirements or have ceased operation.
Milestone 1 (30 June 2018—compliance date 30 June 2019):
- Single frequency fixed links and studio-to-transmitter links (STLs) will be required to have ceased operation between 849 MHz and 852 MHz. Legacy single frequency (single channel) links operating in 857–861 MHz will be permitted to continue operation until Milestone 5.
- Sound outside broadcast (SOB) services will be required to have ceased operation above 851 MHz. SOB operating on a primary basis in 850.5–852 MHz will no longer be supported; however, operation will be supported on a secondary basis between 850.5 and 851 MHz (this will effectively extend the current secondary allocation to SOB from 846.5–850.5 MHz to 846.5–851 MHz).
Milestone 2 (30 June 2019):
- Two-frequency fixed links, including point-to-point and point-to-multipoint links, may commence retuning to the lower part of the 800 MHz band on a 45 MHz split (804–806/849–851 MHz in areas currently serviced by trunked land mobile services (TLMS), or 804–809/849–854 MHz in areas not currently serviced by TLMS). Completion of this transition will be required by 30 June 2021 (two-year transition window).
Milestone 3 (30 June 2020—compliance date 30 June 2021):
- Two-frequency fixed links, including point-to-point and point-to-multipoint links will be required to have completed transition to the lower part of the 800 MHz band on a 45 MHz split (804–806/849–851 MHz in areas currently serviced by TLMS, or 804–809/849–854 MHz in areas not currently serviced by TLMS).
Milestone 4 (30 June 2021):
- TLMS operators may commence migration to the 2 x 3 MHz segments above two-frequency fixed links in the lower part of the 800 MHz band. The current 45 MHz split is maintained but a new 12.5 kHz-based channel raster is implemented. Channels may be aggregated, so 25 kHz channels will still be supported. Completion of this transition will be required 30 June 2024 (three-year transition window).
- New low duty cycle services in 928–935 MHz, including a range of control, metering and other M2M applications as well as fixed links, may commence operation from Milestone 4 on a non-exclusive basis. Development and testing of cognitive radio devices in 933–935 MHz may also commence from this date. Operation of these services will be subject to conditions specified in the updated LIPD Class Licence (by Key date 6—parameters for access as listed under Action 6.1 in Section 3.3.2).
Milestone 5 (30 June 2023—compliance date 30 June 2024):
- TLMS will be required to have completed transition to the 2 x 3 MHz frequency-adjacent (above) two-frequency fixed links in the lower part of the 800 MHz band, maintaining the current 45 MHz split, but with a new 12.5 kHz-based channel raster (channels will be able to be aggregated, so 25 kHz channels will still be supported).
- Single frequency (single channel) fixed links will be required to have ceased operation in 857–861 MHz.
- Cordless telephone services will be required to have ceased operation in 857–865 MHz.
Milestone 6 (30 June 2024):
- Earliest date for commencement of operation of new services in the band 809–824/852–869 MHz. It should be noted that development of the technical framework and allocation of licences in the 850 MHz expansion band is anticipated to be completed prior to Milestone 6. This will be optimised for the provision of mobile broadband services, and would enable use by narrowband TLMS.
Last updated: 29 August 2016