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Proposed changes to amateur access to the 3400–3575 MHz band - consultation 05/2020

We are proposing to make changes to the parts of the 3400–3575 MHz band that amateurs and overseas amateurs visiting Australia may use.  

Status
Submissions now public
Consultation number
IFC 05/2020
Days remaining 0 of 52 days
Closed
  • 1

    Open for comment

    29 Jan 2020
  • 2

    Consultation closed

    20 Mar 2020

Key documents

Outcome

On 23 April 2020, the ACMA made the  proposed changes for access to parts of the 3400 to 3575 MHz band that amateurs and overseas amateurs visiting Australia may use. These changes took effect on 29 April 2020. The Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 and the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015 have been updated to include these changes.

Updates

After the original publication of this consultation on 29 January 2020, the ACMA made the following updates on 20 February 2020:

  • Updated Attachment A to reflect that enabling use by advanced amateur licensees and overseas equivalents in the 3492.5‑3510 MHz band does not include the regional areas of Bendigo, Ballarat and Toowoomba. 
  • Published a new Attachment B to give a one-month written notice of the proposed variation to the class licence.
  • Updated Attachment C and added Attachment D to show the updated areas, the original areas and the difference between the updated and original areas in three different layers.
  • Changed the consultation closing date from Monday 02 March 2020 to Friday 20 March 2020.

The issue

The ACMA previously consulted on the planning arrangements for the 3400–3575 MHz band with the Optimising arrangements for the 3400-3575 MHz band options paper. This was followed by our Optimising arrangements for the 3400-3575 MHz band: Planning decisions and preliminary views paper, where we outlined our planning decisions and a detailed plan for optimising licensing arrangements.

As part of improving arrangements for the band, we are proposing to change the parts of the 3400–3575 MHz band that amateurs and overseas amateurs visiting Australia may use, including:

  • enabling use of the 3492.5–3510 MHz band by advanced amateur licensees and overseas equivalents in more regional areas*
  • prohibiting use by advanced amateur licensees and overseas equivalents of the following frequencies and areas:
    • the 3400–3425 MHz frequency range in specified metropolitan areas, regional areas and major regional centres
    • the 3425–3442.5 MHz frequency range in specified regional areas
    • the 3492.5–3510 MHz frequency range in specified metropolitan areas
    • the 3510–3542.5 MHz frequency range in specified areas

*Please note that since publication of this consultation, we have updated the documentation. This reflects that enabling use by advanced amateur licensees and overseas equivalents in the 3492.5–3510 MHz band does not include the regional areas of Bendigo, Ballarat and Toowoomba.

We would like your views on the proposed changes to the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 and the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015.

The written notice has also been published in the Australian Notices Gazette.

Have your say

This consultation does not ask specific questions. However, the ACMA welcomes feedback from interested stakeholders on proposed changes to amateur use of the 3400–3575 MHz band.

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