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Planning options in the upper 6 GHz band

We want your views on planning options to possibly introduce radio local area networks (RLANs) and/or wide-area wireless broadband (WBB) services into the upper 6 GHz band.

Status
Open
Closing in 2 days (16 July 2024)
In progress
  • 1

    Consultation opened

    04 Jun 2024
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    16 Jul 2024

Key documents

Update (26 June 2024)

Due to a high level of demand from stakeholders, we have extended the closing date for submissions to 5 pm (AEST) on Tuesday 16 July 2024

The issue

As set out in our draft Five-year spectrum outlook 2024–29, there have been important international developments in the upper 6 GHz band (6425–7125 MHz). Many jurisdictions are introducing or considering the introduction of radio local area networks (RLANs) and/or wide-area wireless broadband (WA WBB) services in the band. The lower part of the band (5925–6425 MHz) has been made available for use by RLANs in Australia.

We want your views on planning options to possibly introduce RLANs and/or WA WBB services in the upper 6 GHz band in Australia. We are also seeking industry views on:

  • the services proposed to be delivered using the upper 6 GHz band
  • how the proposed services will benefit users
  • the expected demand for those services.

We have set out the planning options in the consultation paper found in the key documents box above. 

The consultation paper also continues discussion about potential enhancements to existing RLAN arrangements in the broader 6 GHz band. This includes looking into issues related to the potential introduction of standard-power devices. 

To support our review of the upper 6 GHz band, we have placed a spectrum embargo on the band. This prohibits the issuing of new apparatus licences in the upper 6 GHz band. See Spectrum Embargo 81.

Have your say

We invite your feedback about the options and issues outlined in the consultation paper.

To send us your views, click the 'Upload submission' button at the top of this page. 

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