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803–960 MHz band: Implementation of arrangements to support Milestone 3 - consultation 12/2020

The 803–960 MHz band review called for changes to the frequency ranges given to different service types.

Status
Submissions now public
Consultation number
IFC 12/2020
Days remaining 0 of 35 days
Closed
  • 1

    Open for comment

    05 May 2020
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    08 Jun 2020

Key documents

Outcome

We received three submissions to this consultation and the comments are summarised in the table below. This included a suggestion to add additional information into RALI FX22 regarding notional antenna parameters, which we have adopted. Other suggestions were outside the scope of the current review. We have indicated below how we intend addressing these suggestions during future RALI review processes. All other RALIs were adopted with no changes.

Submission

Response

RALI FX16: One respondent sought clarification on whether low power point-to-multipoint services are supported in the 800 MHz band.

In the 800 MHz band, the low power service model for point-to-multipoint services is not supported.

RALI LM8: One respondent sought clarification on the availability of supplementary transmitters under a low power service mode (LPSM).

There may be situations where supplementary transmitters could be authorised under the a low power service mode (LPSM). While this matter is outside the scope of the current consultation, it will be considered in future updates to RALI LM8. 

RALI FX22: One respondent sought greater flexibility in the types of antenna that can be used for studio-to-transmitter links (STLs).

The existing minimum antenna requirements for STLs in RALI FX22 are in line with coordination criteria for single and two-frequency fixed links. However, exemptions to minimum requirements can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

RALI FX22: One respondent identified an inconsistency regarding the choice of polarisation for fixed services.

We have included a note in the notional antenna parameter sections of the RALI (sections 4.2.4 and 6.2.4) to address this matter.

RALI FX22: One respondent suggested that stricter requirements should be introduced such that no new UHF point-to-point licences be allowed to be issued unless the relevant antenna record exists in the Register of Radiocommunications Licences (RRL), including radiation pattern envelope (RPE) data.

The Business Operating Procedure (BOP) Submit RPE data for antennas has been updated to include services covered by RALI FX22 as requiring RPE data.

One submission provided recommendations for arrangements regarding public safety mobile broadband in the 850 MHz expansion band.

This matter is not within the scope of this consultation. However, this issue was considered in developing the original outcomes of the 803–960 MHz review, and compatibility between adjacent services will be considered in the development of the technical framework for the 850 MHz expansion band, as per usual practice.

 

We did not receive any objections to the proposed amendments to the Draft Radiocommunications Licence Condition (Fixed Licence) Amendment Determination 2020 (No. 1) and will be progressing with the amendments to the licence condition.

The new RALIs are available on the ACMA website and include the following updates:

  • RALI FX 16: Frequency assignment requirements for the point-to-multipoint service in the VHF high, 400 MHz and 800 MHz bands
    • remove legacy band (853.5–854/929.5–930 MHz) arrangements from FX16.
  • RALI FX 17: Frequency assignment requirements for narrowband single channel two-frequency point-to-point services in the VHF high and 400 MHz bands
    • remove all 800/900 MHz provisions from FX17.
  • RALI FX 22: Frequency assignment requirements for the fixed service in the 800 MHz band
    • move Sound Outside Broadcast arrangements from FX11 to FX22 to consolidate all 800 MHz fixed point-to-point arrangements into one RALI
    • include more guidance into FX22 about use of antenna RPE.
  • RALI LM 08: Frequency assignment requirements for the land mobile service
    • add new channel arrangements (for 806–809/851–854 MHz). The updates to RALI LM 08 will temporarily keep old 800 MHz trunk land mobile channeling arrangements (in 820–825/865–870 MHz) alongside the new arrangements. We will remove old arrangements no later than 30 June 2023.
  • RALI MS 40: Frequency plan for services in the 800 MHz band (803–890 MHz)
    • update to include implementation provisions to enable suppression of Embargo 64.
  • RALI MS 41: Frequency plan for services in the 900 MHz band (890–960 MHz)
    • update to include implementation provisions to enable suppression of Embargo 64.

As the provisions in Embargo 64 have been rolled into the 800 and 900 MHz band plans (RALIs MS 40 and MS 41), Embargo 64 has been lifted.

SPP 6/93, RALI FX 10 and RALI FX 11 have also been withdrawn as they are not required following these updates.

The Issue

The review included changes to the allocations for point-to-multipoint and some point-to-point services. These require official and legal documents to be updated to support the services changing to new frequencies.  

We need to update the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Fixed Licence) Determination 2015 and other Radiocommunications Assignment and Licensing Instructions (RALIs). We would like your views on the proposed changes.

The ACMA is seeking comment on changes to documents that implement the next stage of the 803–960 MHz band review.

The proposed changes align with those detailed for key date 5 in support of Milestone 3, as outlined in our decision paper, ‘The ACMA’s long-term strategy for the 803-960 MHz band’. This is illustrated in the implementation timelines PDF located in the key documents section on this page.

This is the fourth round of updates to implement the review. We will make further changes to planning documents as milestones occur. These are detailed in the decision paper.

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