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ACMA consulting on new mmWave licences


The ACMA is making spectrum available in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) bands for 5G applications and for fixed satellite services.  

We’re now consulting on the introduction of the new area-wide apparatus licence (AWL) across both bands.

Potential for high-capacity 5G

The unique characteristics of mmWave frequencies make them suitable for high-capacity 5G services. We’re seeing a broad range of uses for these services emerging in Australia and across the world, attracting traditional and non-traditional spectrum users.

These licences open up the potential for industry to deploy small-scale, private networks to support applications such as healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and education.

Ongoing access to the 28GHz band for FSS

We’re also consulting on new arrangements for ongoing access to 27–30 GHz by fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations. Under the proposed arrangements, satellite users will benefit from additional access to spectrum.

Further opportunities

This consultation is one of a number of ways we’re making spectrum available for wireless broadband in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands. See our recent consultation on auctioning spectrum licences in the 26 GHz band. A consultation on class-licensed access in this same band will be released soon.  

Have your say

The consultation package includes an applicant information pack, which is a guide for anyone interested in applying for an AWL in the 26 GHz or 28 GHz bands.

Guide to obtaining a licence

More information on how to obtain spectrum is available in our guide to apparatus licences in 26 and 28 GHz. To receive updates on the application process, sign-up for updates using the form below.

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