The ACMA received 18 submissions to this consultation. These can be accessed from the right-hand side index box under 'Other submissions received'.
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The 1980–2010 MHz and 2170–2200 MHz bands (referred to collectively in this paper as the 2 GHz band) are currently used for television outside broadcast (TOB) services on a shared and non-exclusive basis for short-term applications such as covering special events.
TOB was introduced in the 2 GHz band in 2012 on an interim basis, while the future use of the band is under review. In recent times, there has been increasing interest in the use of the 2 GHz band for a range of services and applications, including:
- Long-term usage by TOB services
- Mobile-satellite services (with or without Ancillary Terrestrial Component/Complementary Ground Component)
- Mobile broadband services
- Passenger aircraft Direct-Air-to-Ground Communications (DA2GC) links.
This paper commences discussion of the existing and possible future uses for the 2 GHz band and associated spectrum needs. To aid discussion, a number of possible planning scenarios for the band are presented.
The 2 GHz band is currently included in the ‘initial investigation stage’ of the ACMA’s work program for major band replanning activities, as outlined in the Five-year spectrum outlook. Submissions in response to this discussion paper will help inform the ACMA’s assessment of planning arrangements in the 2 GHz band, including whether to progress the band to the ‘preliminary replanning’ stage of the ACMA’s replanning processes.
If that occurs, additional consultation with interested parties will occur before any regulatory decisions are made on planning and licensing arrangements in the band.
Issues for comment
- What TOB services use the 2 GHz band under current arrangements? Is demand for TOB in this band growing or decreasing?
- What interest do you have in making further use of the 2 GHz band?
- Given the points raised in this discussion paper:
- How much spectrum is required to provide the service?
- Is there a clear geographical delineation—for example, metropolitan or regional—for the service?
- Is there, or will there be, readily available equipment for the service?