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Draft spectrum re-allocation recommendation for the 850/900 MHz band - consultation 14/2020

We are consulting on issues relevant to the potential re-allocation of the 850/900 MHz band, including the terms of a draft recommendation we propose to make to the Minister and other matters relevant to the re-allocation process.

Now under review
Consultation number
IFC 14/2020
Days remaining 0 of 56 days
  • 1

    Open for comment

    14 May 2020
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    08 Jul 2020

Key documents

The issue

We propose to recommend that the Minister make one or more re-allocation declarations for the re‑allocation of the 850/900 MHz band by issuing spectrum licences across all of Australia (excluding the mid-west Radio Quiet Zone).

The proposal follows extensive consultation with stakeholders and the consideration of reform options for spectrum in the 850/900 MHz band, to enable it to be used for 4G and 5G mobile broadband services. We believe that:

  • the best way to achieve reconfiguration of the 850/900 MHz band is to re-allocate the spectrum and undertake a price-based allocation of spectrum licences.
  • 2 MHz of spectrum should be allocated to accommodate the future downshift of spectrum licences in the adjacent 850 MHz band.

In accordance with the Radiocommunications Act 1992, we have prepared a written notice setting out the terms of the draft recommendation. We have also prepared a draft spectrum re-allocation recommendation consultation paper. These are available in the key documents section.

Have your say

We welcome comments from potentially-affected apparatus licensees and other interested stakeholders on the proposed terms set out in the notice and on any other matters raised in the consultation paper.

Make a submission

Use the ‘Upload a submission’ button at the top of this page to upload your submission.

Submissions by post can be sent to:

The Manager
Major Spectrum Allocations Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616

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