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Exploring future use of the 1.9 GHz band - consultation 40/2021

We are interested in views on existing and emerging uses in the 1880–1920 MHz band.

Submissions now public
Consultation number
IFC 40/2021
Days remaining 75 of 80 days
In progress
  • 1

    Discussion paper consultation opened

    17 Nov 2021
  • 2

    Discussion paper consultation closed

    11 Feb 2022
  • 3

    Discussion paper submissions published

    07 Oct 2022
  • 4

    Options paper consultation opened

    30 Nov 2022
  • 5

    Options paper consultation closes

    17 Mar 2023

Key documents

Options paper consultation

In November 2021, we released the above discussion paper on exploring future use of the 1.9 GHz band. It identified domestic and international considerations for the 1880–1920 MHz band and explored views on possible changes in planning arrangements.

The discussion paper consultation closed on 11 February 2022, and we received responses from 22 stakeholders and interested parties. You can access these at the bottom of the page.

From the submissions to the discussion paper, we have decided to progress the review of the band to the preliminary replanning stage. We have released an options paper (also found in the key documents section above) and invite your views and comments.

The consultation period for your responses to the options paper will close on 17 March 2023.

We will share your views on the options paper for a further public consultation. This will be called the 'reply to comment' period, which will begin on 24 March and close on 21 April 2023.

We plan to release the outcomes paper for the 1.9 GHz band in the fourth quarter of 2023. 

If you have any enquiries, please contact

Please note: we intend to let the 1900–1920 MHz Frequency Band Plan sunset on 1 April 2023. Given the extended consultation period, we are seeking early indications if there are any alternate views. 

Have your say

We welcome your views on the issues raised in the options paper. Click on the green 'Upload options paper submission' button in the top left-hand side of this page to send us your views. 

Discussion paper consultation

Given the increasing interest in the 1880–1920 MHz band, a review of the band is required to determine whether there is a case for potentially changing arrangements in the band. The discussion paper examines possible planning scenarios for the band, including potential coexistence arrangements.

Submissions to discussion paper

Please note: on 25 October 2022, ARA updated its submission due to errors in the original. 


Please note: On 21 January 2022, a correction was made to page 28 of the discussion paper. Please ensure you are using the updated version available on this webpage.

The discussion paper consultation was originally due to close on 21 January 2022. To allow contributors more time over the holiday season, we extended the closing date until COB, Friday 11 February 2022.
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