Spectrum reallocation for the 3.6 GHz band | ACMA

Spectrum reallocation for the 3.6 GHz band

Consultation closes: 27 November 2017

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Consultation paper:
Draft spectrum reallocation recommendation for the 3.6 GHz band

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Notice under section 153G of the Radiocommunications Act 1992—Proposed re-allocation of the 3.6 GHz frequency band

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Web page: Spectrum re-planning for 4G and 5G technologies 

Summary

The ACMA has been actively considering future uses of spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band (3575 MHz–3700 MHz) since October 2016, at which time it released the Future use of 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands discussion paper. Following this consultation, the ACMA decided to focus its replanning efforts on the 3.6 GHz band rather than continue considering both bands simultaneously.

In June 2017, the ACMA released the Future use of the 3.6 GHz band consultation package seeking industry submissions about how best to replan the band. Having considered stakeholder submissions to this consultation, the ACMA has released the Future use of the 3.6 GHz band—Decisions and preliminary views paper (decision paper). In the decision paper, the ACMA outlines its intention to recommend that the Minister for Communications reallocate the 3.6 GHz band for the issue of spectrum licences in defined metropolitan and regional areas of Australia.

In accordance with the Radiocommunications Act 1992, the minister must not make a spectrum reallocation declaration unless the ACMA has made a recommendation to do so. Before it makes its recommendation, the ACMA is required to prepare a written notice setting out the terms of the recommendation and must publish a copy of the notice on its website. The ACMA must also give each potentially affected apparatus licensee a copy of the notice in order that they are able to provide written comment to the ACMA on the draft recommendation. The ACMA must consider any submissions when preparing its final recommendation to the minister. With this in mind, the ACMA has prepared the Draft spectrum reallocation recommendation for the 3.6 GHz band consultation paper (available from the Downloads table above).

The ACMA’s Notice under section 153G of the Radiocommunications Act 1992—Proposed re-allocation of the 3.6 GHz frequency band (available from the Downloads table above) sets out the part of the spectrum or frequencies to be reallocated (3575 MHz–3700 MHz), as well as the reallocation period—the period during which the reallocation must be completed.

Should the Minister accept the ACMA’s recommendation to make the proposed spectrum reallocation, the ACMA intends to bring the spectrum to market via spectrum auction. Industry stakeholders have indicated that they want 3.6 GHz spectrum to be made available for spectrum-licensed use as soon as possible. With this in mind the ACMA is also using the consultation paper to seek comment from stakeholders on other matters relevant to an auction process, including auction methodology and the way the spectrum should be configured for allocation.

Following consideration of submissions, the ACMA will be in a position to finalise the recommendation for formal submission to, and consideration by the minister.


Issue for comment

Opportunity to provide feedbackThe ACMA welcomes comments from stakeholders on the terms of the Notice under s153G— proposed re-allocation of the 3.6 GHz frequency band and any other issue raised in the consultation paper.