803–960 MHz overview | ACMA

803–960 MHz overview

If you use the 803–960 MHz band, read on to find out you what you need to know about transitioning to new arrangements.

There is detailed information on the scope, policy and implementation plans in the decision paper, The ACMA’s long-term strategy for the 803–960 MHz band (Word 2.4 Mb).

Importantly, the implementation excludes allocations within the spectrum licensed segment in the 850 MHz band (825–845/870–890 MHz). This is because these arrangements cannot be varied prior to expiry of the spectrum licences in 2028 without the consent of licensees.

Review of arrangements in the band

The three key reasons we reviewed the 803–960 MHz band in November 2015 were:

  • parts of the 803–960 MHz band are unused or lightly used due to allocations to outdated technologies
  • the re-stacking of digital TV channels, which provides an opportunity to consider expanding the 800 MHz band to facilitate new services
  • the timeliness of reviewing arrangements for 3G and 4G technologies.

Decisions following on from the review include:

  • identification of additional spectrum for mobile broadband
  • identification of new spectrum to support low power, low duty cycle communications suitable for some types of machine-to-machine communications, such as smart infrastructure, metering and control
  • new frequency arrangements for the trunked land mobile service (TLMS), including changes to bandwidth allocations
  • new frequency arrangements for single and two-frequency fixed links, including changes to bandwidth allocations and frequency duplex splits, and a consolidation of sub-service types and licensing and assignment instructions to simplify access to these services
  • a general ‘defragmentation’ of the 800 MHz band (to improve efficiency) and red tape reduction through simplifying fixed link sub-types and associated licensing and assignment instructions.

Milestone transition timeline

Operators will have one year from the stated date to comply with the milestone requirements. The milestone transition timeline lists the dates for compliance.

Last updated: 29 August 2016