Spectrum tune-up: 3.6 GHz lot configuration options | ACMA

Spectrum tune-up: 3.6 GHz lot configuration options

09 March 2018

Date and time: Wednesday 21 March 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Venues: Broadcast from the ACMA Canberra office via videoconference to our Melbourne and Sydney offices

The Minister for Communications, the Hon. Mitch Fifield, made a reallocation declaration on 5 March 2018. The declaration provides that the defined spectrum in the frequency band 3575–3700 MHz (3.6 GHz band) in metropolitan and regional Australia be reallocated by issue of spectrum licences. 

The ACMA is now preparing to allocate spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band in metropolitan and regional Australia by auction.

3.6 GHz lot configuration options

The spectrum needs to be divided into lots before it can be offered to market. There are two dimensions to lot configuration—frequency bandwidth and geography. In deciding lot configuration for any allocation, the ACMA considers a range of factors, including the source of demand and the technical characteristics of the spectrum.

The most recent round of submissions to the consultation paper Draft spectrum reallocation recommendation for the 3.6 GHz band (October 2017) expressed broad support for the ACMA’s preliminary position on frequency lot configuration—to offer the spectrum in 5 MHz lots.

However, there was a wide range of views on desirable geographic configurations, so we have reviewed geographic optionality and developed alternative options for the 3.6 GHz band.

The tune-up will provide information about the geographic lot configuration options and will:

  • provide an overview of the 3.6 GHz band

  • discuss options for both metropolitan and regional lot configuration

  • explain how to provide feedback—either on the day or by emailing a written submission by 28 March 2018.

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