This article is taken from the ACMA's Five-year Spectrum Outlook 2013-2017, published in September 2013.
The Five-year spectrum outlook 2013–2017 is available for download as an e-mag, PDF and word document here. The Table of contents and links to individual sections of the report are available here.
A diverse range of factors drives demand for access to the radiofrequency spectrum. The demand from users of technology is, in itself, generated by a wide range of motives, such as the desire for mobility, networking and access to broadband internet applications. Potential users of the spectrum may have conflicting requirements, not all of which can always be accommodated.
Understanding the complex and dynamic interaction of social, economic and technological factors that drive spectrum demand is crucial to informing the ACMA’s spectrum planning and allocation activities. The ACMA has in place an ongoing program of environmental scanning, stakeholder engagement and research to continually refresh its in-depth understanding of the drivers for spectrum demand in Australia. The key demand factors that the ACMA considers when determining spectrum requirements for various sectors or technologies are set out below. This highlights the many different and, at times, conflicting elements that spectrum managers must confront in attempting to meet demand. The list of factors is not exhaustive and each will carry different weight in particular spectrum planning decisions.