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Area-wide apparatus licensing in the 26 and 28 GHz bands

This page set out the arrangements for area-wide apparatus licences (AWLs) in the 26 and 28 GHz millimetre wave bands.

Applications for area-wide licences in 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands

The first round of area-wide licences (AWLs) issued in the 24.7–25.1 GHz (lower 400 MHz band) and 27.5–30 GHz (28 GHz band) frequency ranges is largely complete and licences have been uploaded to the ACMA’s Register of Radiocommunications Licences.

As outlined in the 28 GHz Applicant information pack, we are now inviting additional applications for AWLs in the frequency ranges 24.7-25.1 GHz and 27.5–30 GHz.

Applicants should use the 26 GHz and 28 GHz area-wide licence application form. Licences will be issued on a first-in-time basis.

Successful applicants will be advised of our assessment within 2 weeks of their application. If the application overlaps with a previously submitted application (that is, a licence that is expected to be issued, but has not yet been processed completely), the later applicant will be invited to submit a revised application that does not overlap.  

Licences will only be issued after the invoice has been paid and will commence within 30 days from the date of issue.

Current AWL licensees who wish to add or subtract HCIS cells from their licence can also apply to vary their licence via the first-in-time process. If a licensee wants to add HCIS cells that are not contiguous with the existing AWL areas, the licensee will need to apply for a new licence.

Before you apply

Applicants should read the documents that set out:

  • the allocation process
  • the technical framework
  • the amounts of tax and charges.

These may be different in some places to the arrangements we discussed in the proposed licensing arrangements in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands consultation.

Applicant information pack

The applicant information pack (AIP) is a guide for those applying for an AWL. It has details of the allocation processes for AWLs in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands. You should read this before making an application.

Tax calculator and calculator guide

The AWL tax calculator will help you to estimate the annual tax amounts for AWLs in the 26 and 28 GHz bands. This tax calculator guide will help you use it. The calculator has been updated from the one we provided with our consultation documents. It now lets you calculate total tax when aggregating different bandwidths with different geographic cell combinations

The tax calculator does not include the issue charge or renewal fee for the AWL.

HCIS converter

To support AWLs in the 26 and 28 GHz bands, we have made changes to the ACMA’s hierarchical cell identification scheme (HCIS) to add two additional layers. The HCIS provides an alphanumeric reference to areas described in the Australian spectrum map grid (ASMG).

The HCIS converter will help you visualise the geographic area covered by the HCIS cells that you wish to apply for.

More information

If you have questions, email AWLenquires@acma.gov.au or contact our Customer Service Centre on 1300 850 115.

Commercial information

Information provided by the applicant or authorised representative in the application form that is marked with a caret (^) is required by section 147 of the Radiocommunications Act to be disclosed to the public by the ACMA in the Register of Radiocommunications Licences. The ACMA will disclose the contents of the Register by making it available for inspection at any ACMA office and on its website.

Any information provided by applicants that is not required to be disclosed on the Register will be considered commercial in confidence. Except as required or authorised by law, the ACMA will not disclose commercially confidential information. The ACMA has discretion under its enabling legislation to release authorised disclosure information to other government entities, for example the ACCC, our Minister and official of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Communications. For more information, see our information sharing guide.

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