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ACMA releases Five-year spectrum outlook for 2012-2016

Media release 29/2012 – 11 May 2012

In another first for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA), its key spectrum management publication, the Five-year spectrum outlook 2012–2016 has been released in a beta electronic magazine (e-mag) format.

The new Outlook is more streamlined and user-friendly and can be viewed using smartphones, tablets and PCs.

‘You will be able to share the information it contains through a multitude of social media applications like Facebook, Digg, Google + and Twitter,’ said ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman.

‘The ACMA is making this planning document accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime.’

The cornerstone of the Outlook is an overview of spectrum demand drivers, the ACMA’s top spectrum projects over the five-year period and specific work plan priorities for 2012–2013. The top spectrum projects include:

  1. reallocation and conversion of the 700 MHz and 2.5GHz bands, as part of the digital dividend auction process

  2. expiring spectrum licences

  3. smart infrastructure and new thinking about an ‘infrastructure park’, where industries like mining can share spectrum.

The Outlook is one outcome of the ACMA’s ongoing work with spectrum users. It complements the ACMA’s annual RadComms conference—this year’s event is being held in Melbourne on 6 and 7 June—and spectrum tune-ups.

Views provided by spectrum users on the 2011–2015 Outlook were taken into account in preparing this latest edition. The ACMA looks forward to your feedback on the 2012–2016 Outlook.

Speaker, agenda and registration details for RadComms2012 are now available.

For more information, please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719 and 0434 652 063 or

Last updated: 26 July 2017