Australia to Review Uses for the 1800Mhz Spectrum Bands
Australia's telecoms regulator, the ACMA has announced a consultation on the future use of the 1800Mhz blocks of radio spectrum.
The existing spectrum licences in the 1800 MHz band will expire in two tranches. The first tranche will expire on 17 June 2013 and the second on 3 May 2015. The ACMA intends to apply the revised technical framework to all spectrum licences in the 1800 MHz band from the 18 June 2013 onwards, irrespective of the date of expiry of each licence.
In 2011, the ACMA established a Technical Liaison Group (TLG) to assist in the review of the spectrum licence technical framework for the 1800 MHz band. The TLG proposed changes to the core conditions and technical instruments underpinning the technical framework for spectrum licences operating in this band.
These changes include revising:
- the core conditions of the spectrum licence to allow for the operation of new or emerging technologies across the next licence period
- the Unacceptable Levels of Interference Determination for the 1800 MHz band made under section 145(4) of the Radiocommunications Act
- the three Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines for the 1800 MHz band made under section 262 of the Radiocommunications Act.
The proposed changes are considered evolutionary and will ensure the technical framework provides increased flexibility and greater spectrum utility across the next 15-year spectrum licence period.
The ACMA is seeking comment and views from interested stakeholders by the 27th July.