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Proposed changes to the 800 MHz technical framework

Consultation on the changes to the 800 MHz technical framework is now completed

IFC 20/2012 - Proposed changes to the 800 MHz technical framework

The ACMA has finalised its consultation on the updated technical framework for the 800 MHz band. The previous spectrum licences in the 800 MHz band expired on 17 June 2013, and the updated technical framework applied from 18 June 2013 to spectrum licences that were re-issued or re-allocated. Information about expiring spectrum licences is available on the ACMA website.

Submissions received

The ACMA received two submissions in response to the consultation paper Proposed changes to the 800 MHz technical framework. The submissions are available below:

  • Matthew Luchterhand
  • Telstra

Submissions received in response to the consultation paper and earlier participation in a Technical Liaison Group (TLG) indicated that stakeholders generally supported the proposed changes to the technical framework. However, some concern was raised about the use of Mobile Communications Systems On-board Aircraft and the text associated with the purpose of the cellular radio frequency management unit (CRFMU). Reference to use of the CRFMU for minimising interference to terrestrial networks has been removed from the technical framework.

Regulatory instruments for the updated 800 MHz technical framework

The regulatory instruments that make up the revised 800 MHz technical framework are:


In 2011, the ACMA established a TLG to assist in the review of the spectrum licence technical framework for the 800 MHz band. The TLG proposed changes to the core conditions and technical instruments underpinning the technical framework for spectrum licences operating in the 800 MHz band. These changes include:

  • Revising the core conditions of the spectrum licence to allow for the operation of new or emerging technologies across the next licence period;
  • Revising the Unacceptable Levels of Interference Determination for the 800 MHz band made under section 145(4) of the Radiocommunications Act; and
  • Revising two of the Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines for the 800 MHz band made under section 262 of the Radiocommunications Act.

The proposed changes are evolutionary and will ensure the technical framework provides increased flexibility and greater spectrum utility across the next 15 year spectrum licence period.

The consultation paper and related legislative instruments that were proposed to be amended following the outcomes of the ACMA's consultation processes are available below:

Document Word (.docx) PDF

Consultation paper

270 kb 329 kb

Attachment A - Draft spectrum licence

58 kb 426 kb

Attachment B - Draft section 145 Determination

114 kb 929 kb

Attachment C - Draft RAG - Managing interference to spectrum licensed receivers

55 kb 328 kb

Attachment D - Draft RAG - Managing interference from spectrum licensed transmitters

57 kb 393 kb

The closing date for submissions in response to this discussion paper was 20 July 2012.

Media enquiries should be directed to Emma Rossi on +61 2 9334 7980 or by email to

Effective consultation

The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation: A guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA's formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.

Publication of submissions

In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.

The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

Release of submissions where authorised or required by law

Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Commonwealth Government agencies or certain other entities under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.

Last updated: 17 December 2012

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