Five-year spectrum outlook
The submission period has closed and the ACMA received the following responses:
Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)
The ACMA's spectrum demand analysis and indicative work programs for the next five years.
- The Five-year spectrum outlook
- Development of the Outlook for 2011-2015
- Development of the Outlook for 2012-2016
The Five-year spectrum outlook
The Five-year spectrum outlook (the Outlook) provides demand analysis across ten different radiocommunication service areas and sets out the ACMA's planned spectrum management work for the short, medium and long term. Its purpose is to provide an avenue for meaningful discussions with stakeholders about emerging pressures for the radiofrequency spectrum.
The Frequency Audit Table is included as an appendix to the Outlook, and provides a band-by-band overview of the current regulatory provisions and use of the radiofrequency spectrum, along with a summary of key issues as covered in the Outlook.
The Five-year spectrum outlook 2011-2015 can be downloaded in Word (3.1 mb) or PDF (3.2 mb) formats.
The accompanying Frequency Audit Table can be downloaded in Word (1.3 mb) or PDF (3.7 mb) formats.
Development of the Outlook for 2011-2015
The 2011-2015 edition of the Outlook was developed from submissions received in response to the Five-year Spectrum Outlook 2010-2014, which was published by the ACMA in February 2010. Submissions on the 2010-2014 Outlook closed 31 August 2010. The ACMA received a total of 17 submissions.
The submissions received provided assistance to the ACMA to identify stakeholder priorities, demand for spectrum and views about key projects that may need to be undertaken. Some submissions provided views about projects undertaken by the ACMA during 2010, such as the reviews of the 2.5 GHz, 3.6 GHz and 400 MHz bands, all of which entered implementation phases in late 2010 following final consultation on the way ahead.
The 2011-2015 Outlook contains the ACMA's work plans for short, medium and anticipated long term projects to manage the radiofrequency spectrum in Australia in light of pressures and demand analysis. For the third edition of the Outlook, the ACMA's planned spectrum management work is to focus on assisting the government to realise the digital dividend, planning ahead for spectrum allocations for mobile broadband and smart infrastructure and work to implement band review outcomes. These issues have been prioritised by the ACMA in response to its demand analysis, which characterises a rapidly changing environment for spectrum use.
The Frequency Audit Table is included as Appendix C to the Outlook and provides a band-by-band overview of the current regulatory provisions and use of the radiofrequency spectrum, along with a summary of key issues covered in the Outlook.
Development of the Outlook for 2012-2016
The Outlook is intended to be a 'living document' that is open to industry feedback at any time. The ACMA updates this document on an annual basis to take account of changing priorities and demands.
The ACMA is interested to receive submissions on the spectrum demand analysis and work plan set out in the 2011-2015 Outlook.
For submissions to be considered for next edition of the Outlook, which is scheduled for release in early 2012, submissions must be lodged with the ACMA by 31 August 2011. Any submissions received after this date will be considered for the following update.
Written comments may be forwarded at any time to:
Spectrum Outlook and Review Section
Infrastructure Regulation Branch
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616
Fax: (02) 6219 5353
Previous editions of the Outlook
All previous editions and submissions can be found at:
- IFC 08/2011 - Five Year spectrum outlook
- IFC 08/2010 - Development of the Outlook for 2011-2015
- IFC 06/2009 - Development of the Outlook for 2010-2014
- IFC 04/2008 - Development of the Five-year Spectrum Outlook 2009-2013
Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives.
The ACMA prefers to receive submissions which are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for confidentiality claims.
The ACMA will consider each claim for confidentiality on a case by case basis. If the ACMA accepts a confidentiality claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless required to do so by law.
When can ACMA be required by law to release information?
Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another body or agency, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.