This information paper outlines, and provides an opportunity for public comment on, one of the first steps in the implementation phase of the 2.5 GHz band review—that is, to recommend that the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (the minister) make a designation notice that the 2.5 GHz mid-band gap (2570–2620 MHz) should be allocated by issuing spectrum licences. Designating the spectrum in this way would allow processes to be undertaken to convert the existing apparatus licences in the mid-band gap to spectrum licences. Spectrum licences allow for greater flexibility in use of the spectrum and provide for licence terms of up to 15 years.
Review of 25 GHz band - consultation 19-2011
Review of the 2.5 GHz band and long-term arrangements for ENG Designation proposal