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400 MHz latest developments

Review of Narrow Banding Arrangements for the UHF CBRS Band

The ACMA has begun consultation on potential changes to the 2015 CBRS Class Licence. Further information is available here.

New arrangements for contacting Government Representative regarding Harmonised Government Spectrum (HGS)

 If you are classified as government, you are required to consult with your State/Territory Government National Coordinating Committee for Government Radiocommunications (NCCGR) Representative for guidance on 400 MHz spectrum access. The Government Representative coordinates and endorses the use of government spectrum within its jurisdiction.

 

Jurisdiction

Contact person

E-mail

Australian Capital Territory  (ACT)

Brett Dawson

brett.dawson@act.gov.au

Northern Territory (NT)

Adrian Skipper

adrian.Skipper@pfes.nt.gov.au

New South Wales (NSW)

James Corkill

james.corkill@finance.nsw.gov.au

Victoria (VIC)

Alastair Craw

alastair.craw@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Queensland (QLD)

Rod Muller

rod.muller@qgcio.qld.gov.au

South Australia (SA)

Peter Marshall

peter.marshall2@sa.gov.au

Western Australia (WA)

Joseph Patroni

joseph.patroni@commerce.wa.gov.au

Tasmania (TAS)

Peter Roberts

p.roberts@police.tas.gov.au

 400/803-960 MHz Tune-up

Thank you for joining us at the 400/ 803-960 MHz Tune-up on 11 March 2016. The Tune-up provided information on:

  • the transition requirements for milestones two and three
  • license renewal process during compliance window
  • the exceptions policy
  • progress of milestone two
  • a general Q&A session on 400 MHz issues
  • outcomes of the 803-960 MHz band review
  • future implementation plan for the 803-960 MHz band

The Tune-up presentation is available here.

Background

The 400 MHz band review was finalised in 2010. The objectives were to improve harmonisation, help with radiocommunications interoperability and minimise the need for further ACMA intervention in the band. The 400 MHz Plan, released in 2011, provided Harmonised Government Spectrum (HGS) to accommodate government services. With milestones progressing well, government services are expected to have largely completed migration into HGS by the end of 2016 in HDA/MDA/100 km. The ACMA is also implementing a Harmonised Government Spectrum Area (HGSA) licensing options for the HGS in the 400 MHz band. The HGSA option simplifies licence management in the 400 MHz band for state and territory governments.

The ACMA commenced a review of arrangements in the 803–960 MHz frequency band in May 2011. The objectives were to identify an additional spectrum for mobile broadband, new frequency arrangements for trunked land mobile service (TLMS), single and two frequency fixed links, and defragmentation of the 800 MHz band to improve overall efficiency. A paper containing decisions on reforms to be implemented in the band was released in November 2015.

More information on the review of the 803-960 MHz band and outcomes can be found here.

IFC 21/2015 - Licensing 400 MHz HGS

Submissions for IFC 21/2015 have now closed. The ACMA received nine submissions which are now available on the ACMA website.

Updated MS22, FX16 and FAP4

The ACMA has updated the following documents:

Details of the changes made can be found here.

Rail industry spectrum—FAP 7 has been released

The purpose of this Frequency Assignment Practice (FAP) is to provide guidance on the assignment of Rail Industry (RI) spectrum in the 400 MHz band. This guideline applies to all services that propose to operate in RI spectrum. The guideline Assigning rail industry spectrum in the 400 MHz band is available here.

New guideline on establishing the status of a licensee has been released

The 400 MHz Band Plan provides for a phased transition to the new arrangements. Some currently licensed services will need to relocate into appropriate band segments based on the status of the licensee. To determine whether or not you are required to relocate, you must first be aware of your government/non-government status in the context of the      400 MHz band. Licensees classified as government, will need to relocate services out of non-government spectrum. Licensees classified as non-government will need to relocate services out of government spectrum.

If you are classified as government, you are required to consult with your State/Territory Government Representative for guidance on 400 MHz spectrum access. The Government Representative coordinates and endorses the use of government spectrum within its jurisdiction.

The purpose of the new guideline is to assist in determining whether a licensee is defined as government or non-government in the context of its use of the 400 MHz band. The guideline Establishing the status of a licensee in the context of the 400 MHz band, government or non-government is available here.

Last updated: 17 March 2016