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The 803–960 MHz band: options for future change

Issue for comment 47/2012

The ACMA has released a discussion paper, The 803-960 MHz band—Exploring options for future change, to seek stakeholder views on the proposals for the future of the 803–960 MHz band. This paper seeks information and comment on these broad areas:

  • Options for expanding the 800 MHz band to include spectrum in the upper part of the digital dividend that is not being included in the initial 700 MHz band allocation.
  • Consideration of the technical and licensing arrangements in the digital cellular mobile telephony service segments (890–915 MHz paired with 935–960 MHz).
  • Opportunities for facilitating new technologies or expanding existing services in under-utilised parts of the 803–960 MHz band.
  • Consideration of the future overall structure of the 803–960 MHz band.

Making a submission

The ACMA invites comments on the issues set out in this discussion paper (Word [.docx 2.5 mb] or PDF [1.3 mb])*. The ACMA is also open to feedback on other issues relevant to the review of the 803–960 MHz band. Submissions should be made:

By email:

By mail:

Mrs Bridget Kerans
Spectrum Transformation and Government Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616

Please note that the closing date for submissions is now COB Friday 22 February 2013 (extended from previous closing date of 25 January 2013).

Submissions received

The comment period for the discussion paper The 803–960 MHz band—Exploring options for future change has now closed. The ACMA received 32 submissions to the discussion paper.

Any other enquiries may be directed to Bridget Kerans on 02 6219 5203 or by email to

* Errata

  • In Chapter 11, the closing date for submissions was extended from 25 January to 22 February 2013.

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. However, the ACMA will not publish submissions that it considers contain defamatory or irrelevant material.

The ACMA prefers to receive submissions which are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a respondent may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, respondents are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for their confidentiality claims.

The ACMA will not automatically accept all claims of confidentiality. The ACMA will consider each claim on a case-by-case basis.

When can the ACMA be required by law to release information?

The ACMA may be required to release submissions by law under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) or for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or under court subpoena. The ACMA will seek to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, but the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.

Sharing of information

Under the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005, the ACMA is able to disclose submissions to the minister, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, including authorised officials, Royal Commissions and certain Commonwealth authorities, such as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

If information is accepted by the ACMA as confidential, the ACMA will seek to consult with the submitter of the information where the ACMA intends to share that information.

Status of this paper

This paper provides background information to assist people making comments to the ACMA. Nothing in this paper should be taken to bind the ACMA to any particular course of action in later processes.

Last updated: 08 March 2013