Five-year spectrum outlook for 2011-2015 released | ACMA

Five-year spectrum outlook for 2011-2015 released

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 bands
  • Service planning for smart infrastructure and mobile broadband services
  • 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 edition.

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

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Last updated: 16 June 2016