ACMA Media Release 23/2011 - 3 March
Assisting the government to achieve digital switchover, delivering key
projects to address ongoing spectrum demand, and planning for new services have
been identified as key tasks in the Australian Communications and Media
Authority's key spectrum management roadmap, the Five-year
spectrum outlook 2011-2015, published today.
Now in its third edition, the Outlook sets out the ACMA's annual assessment
of existing and future demand for spectrum and its work plan for managing
spectrum on behalf of Australians from 2011 to 2015.
'The breadth of the work plan devised by the ACMA for the 2011- 2015 Outlook
reflects the reality that managing the high demand for spectrum and the
supporting regulatory framework required is a complex challenge - even more so
with rapid changes in technology and Australia's appetite for high data
services increases,' said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.
Projects identified in the work plan include:
- The progression of review outcomes for the 2.5 GHz and 400 MHz
- Service planning for smart infrastructure and mobile broadband
- Review of the 900 MHz band
- Continuing work on digital switchover, restack and allocation
- Consideration of future arrangements for Earth station siting.
The Outlook is one outcome of the ACMA's ongoing work with stakeholders
about spectrum needs and complements the ACMA's annual Radcomms conference and
Spectrum-Tune Up workshops. Wide-ranging input provided by spectrum users on
the second Outlook have been taken into account in preparing this third
The Outlook will continue to be updated annually and is open to public
comment at any time. Comments received before Wednesday 31 August 2011 will be
considered for the next review of the Outlook, to be published in the first
quarter of 2012.
The Five-year spectrum outlook for 2011-2015, and further
information on providing submissions for consideration in developing the
2012-2016 Outlook, can be found on the ACMA website.
The 2011-2015 Outlook will also be made available in hardcopy at the ACMA's
RadComms2011 conference on 26 and 27 May 2011.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Emma Rossi,
Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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