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Proposal to open the 5.6 GHz band for general access - consultation 16/2020

We’re considering allowing general access in the 5.6 GHz band for point-to-multipoint (PMP) licences.

Now under review
Consultation number
IFC 16/2020
Days remaining 0 of 43 days
  • 1

    Open for comment

    19 Jun 2020
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    31 Jul 2020
  • 3

    Submissions published

    28 Oct 2020
  • 4


    28 Oct 2020

Key documents


After reviewing the submissions received for this consultation, we have decided to not make any changes to the arrangements in the 5.6 GHz band at this time. We will continue to monitor current use and demand for the 5.6 GHz band.

Noting current mid-band planning activity relevant to local area wireless broadband services, including for the 3.4–3.7 GHz band and the review of the 3.7–4.2 GHz band, we will further consider access to the 5.6 GHz band taking into account the planning progress of the wider range of mid-band spectrum options for local area wireless broadband.


As part of the outcomes of the Future approach to the 3.6 GHz band consultation process, we identified several mitigation strategies for affected incumbent point-to-multipoint (PMP) licensees, including Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs).

Reflecting the demand expressed for access to the 5.6 GHz band, we are proposing a change to the current policy of preserving spectrum in the 5.6 GHz band for the migration of 3.6 GHz PMP licences. Instead, we will make the band available on a first-in-time basis to meet demand for deployment of new services (this is referred to as general access).

If feedback to this consultation indicates support for the general access proposal, we will:

  • update RALI FX23 to remove section 3.2bis
  • determine an appropriate allocation process.

Have your say

We’re seeking feedback from stakeholders regarding our proposal to open the 5.6 GHz band for general access.

Make a submission

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

Submissions by post can be sent to:

Manager, Wireless Broadband Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78, Belconnen ACT 2616

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