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Radio local area networks (RLANs) in the 6 GHz band - consultation 37/2021

We are proposing to update the LIPD class licence to allow the use of RLAN devices in the lower 6 GHz band, and consulting on their use in the 5 GHz and upper 6 GHz bands.

Status
Open
Consultation number
IFC 37/2021
Closing in 3 days (03 December 2021)
In progress

Key documents

In response to a number of stakeholder requests, this consultation has been extended by 2 weeks and will now close COB, Friday 3 December. No further extensions will be given. If you have already made a submission and would like to take advantage of the additional time to make updates, we will also accept re-submissions of existing comments.

The issue

In April 2021, we consulted on the use of the 6 GHz band (5925–7125 MHz) for radio local area network (RLAN) equipment in Australia. A growing number of countries have already made, or are in the process of making, arrangements to facilitate operation of RLANs in the band, mainly to enable the use of next generation wi-fi equipment, known as ‘Wi-Fi 6e’.

We are now proposing to make changes to the Low Interference Potential Devices (LIPD) Class Licence (as set out in the draft variation available under ‘Key documents’ above) to allow RLAN equipment to operate at low power levels in the lower part of the 6 GHz band (5925–6425 MHz) in Australia and seek comment on the draft update to the class licence.

We are also seeking additional comments on potential future uses of the upper part of the band (6425–7125 MHz), including for higher power RLAN devices and on possible changes to existing RLAN arrangements in part of the 5 GHz band (5150–5250 MHz). The paper also asks further questions about these issues, which follow on from our April consultation.

Have your say

We invite comments on the issues set out in this discussion paper.

Submissions by post can be sent to:

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

Consultation enquiries can be emailed to xavier.halliwell@acma.gov.au.

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