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Proposed licensing arrangements in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands - consultation 25/2020

We are consulting on draft apparatus licensing arrangements for 5G applications in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz millimetre wave bands. We are also consulting on the use of apparatus licences for fixed satellite services (FSS) in the 27–30 GHz range.

Closing date extended to 5 pm, Wednesday 23 September.
Now under review
Consultation number
IFC 25/2020
Days remaining 0 of 36 days
  • 1

    Open for comment

    19 Aug 2020
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    23 Sep 2020

Key documents

The issue

We are seeking comments on our framework for licensing arrangements in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands. We want to use the new area-wide apparatus licence (AWL) type for:

  • wireless broadband in the 24.7–27.5 GHz frequency range of the 26 GHz band
  • wireless broadband and FSS in the 27–29.5 GHz range
  • FSS in the 29.5–30 GHz range.

The draft applicant information pack (AIP) is a guide for those applying for an AWL. Details about pricing for AWLs are in the consultation paper.

The AWL tax calculator assists with estimating annual tax amounts for AWLs in the 26 and 28 GHz bands. It comes with a tax calculator guide. We welcome feedback on any aspect of the calculator or guide.

To support AWLs in the 26 and 28 GHz bands, we have also made changes to the ACMA’s hierarchical cell identification scheme (HCIS). This provides an alphanumeric reference to areas described in the Australian spectrum map grid (ASMG). Details are in the tax calculator guide.

Details about the technical framework are in the consultation paper. The technical framework also includes:

  • a draft variation to the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Area-Wide Licence) Determination 2020 (Area-Wide Licence LCD)
  • a new Radiocommunications Assignment and Licensing Instructions (RALI) for AWLs in the 26 and 28 GHz bands
  • an updated RALI for coordination between earth station transmitters in the fixed-satellite service and other services in the 25.5–30 GHz band.

Have your say

We welcome comment from interested stakeholders on the questions laid out in the consultation paper. We also invite feedback on any other aspects of the consultation package.

More information and updates

Find out more and subscribe for updates on the 26 GHz and 28 GHz licensing process. You can also download our guide to apparatus licences in 26 and 28 GHz.

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