The main outcome of the review was a plan to start to re-allocate the 3.6 GHz band for the issue of spectrum licences in metropolitan and regional Australia.
Completing the review of the 3.6 GHz band was a priority for the ACMA, given the need to provide clarity on a way forward to all stakeholders in the band. In making decisions, the potential impact on incumbent licensees was considered. A range of mitigations, in some cases unprecedented, were identified to assist incumbents with the transition. This included proposing extended re-allocation periods, a commitment to review alternative options in the 5.6 GHz and 28 GHz bands, as well as encouraging commercial negotiations, where possible, to support ongoing access to spectrum.
The 3.6 GHz band consultation consisted of the following papers:
- Discussion paper: Future use of the 3.6 GHz band - Options paper
- Future use of the 3.6 GHz band - Highest value use assessment: Quantitative analysis
- Future use of the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands - Summary of and response to 3.6 GHz submissions
Other relevant papers include:
- Future use of the 3.6 GHz band: Decisions and preliminary views October 2017
- Future use of the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands - October 2016 discussion paper