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Australian wireless mic users get ready for switchover

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Australia is in the final stage of realising the benefits of the 'digital dividend' spectrum located in the 694 820MHz range that will be used to deliver 4G services from next year.

So this can happen, current users of this frequency range need to relocate to other spectrum by 31 December 2014. This relocation affects community groups and small businesses that use wireless microphones and other audio devices in their day to day work.

Users who have bought wireless microphones in the past 12-18 months are most likely already compliant with this change.

Since 2010, the ACMA has been working with stakeholders to help them prepare for this change. This year, the ACMA is continuing its work to educate community groups and small businesses about the change so they have sufficient time to get ready.

"We have experienced an increase in traffic to our online wireless microphones hub -- a 'one stop shop' for information on the change," said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

"The hub includes fact sheets and a photo gallery of the most common devices that will be affected by the change, and what users can do to prepare."

It is also now illegal for suppliers to import or manufacture wireless microphones that operate in this frequency range.

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