Review of the 803−960 MHz band | ACMA

Review of the 803−960 MHz band

In November 2015, we completed a review of arrangements in the radiofrequency band 803–960 MHz. The decision paper, The ACMA’s long-term strategy for the 803–960 MHz band  (Word 2.4 Mb) contains a range of decisions on reforms to the 803–960 MHz band, as well as a detailed plan for the implementation of these reforms.

Decisions that have been made include:

  • identification of additional spectrum for mobile broadband
  • identification of new spectrum to support low power
  • low duty cycle communications (including smart infrastructure)
  • new frequency arrangements for the trunked land mobile service (TLMS)
  • new frequency arrangements for single and two-frequency fixed links 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 overall efficiency.  

The following reforms, which were canvassed in previous consultation on the review, will be undertaken alongside the implementation plan set out this this paper: 

  • the reconfiguration of the 900 MHz ‘GSM band’
  • allocation of the 850 MHz expansion band and a 1 MHz downshift of the 850 MHz spectrum licensed segment.

To learn more about the review, see the media release Spectrum reform of the 803–960 MHz band.

Previous discussion papers and submissions 


Release date


The 900 MHz band—Exploring new opportunities

Jun 2011

63 submissions

The 803–960 MHz band—Exploring options for future change 

Oct 2012

32 submissions

Associated documents




Frequency Plans 

Frequency plan for services in the 800 MHz band 803–890 MHz (RALI MS 40) 

101 KB 


Frequency plan for services in the 900 MHz band 890–960 MHz (RALI MS 41) 

102 KB 


Frequency assignment documents 

Frequency assignment requirements for the land mobile service (RALI LM08) 

236 KB 

1.25 MB 

Management of the short range point-to-multipoint service (RALI FX10) 


39 KB

Studio to transmitter links and sound outside broadcasting services in the 900 MHz band (RALI FX11) 


337 KB 

Point-to-multipoint fixed services in the 400 MHz and 900 MHz bands (RALI FX16) 

559 KB 


Frequency assignment requirements for narrowband single channel two frequency point-to-point services in the 40 MHz and 900 MHz bands (RALI FX17) 

212 KB 

310 KB 

Coordination Procedures for the Licensing of Services Sharing the 857–861 MHz band (SPP 4/93) 


1.04 MB 

Frequency assignment procedures for low capacity fixed services in the 820–960 MHz band (SP 6/93 and supplement) 


443 KB 

Spectrum embargoes 

Spectrum embargo 64—803–825 MHz, 845–870 MHz and 890–960 MHz 


75 KB 

Spectrum embargo 26—Spectrum licensed bands including 825–845 MHz and 870–890 MHz 


329 KB 

Additional information

For any enquiries regarding the 900 MHz implementation please email You can also subscribe to our 803-960 MHz e-bulletin.

Last updated: 07 November 2018