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Australian communications authority calls for submissions on spectrum management

The initial proposal was met with strong opposition

The Australian Communications and Media Authority(ACMA) has released two papers outlining its intentions for the development of a future spectrum strategy.  In addition to the release of the papers, the Authority chairman Chris Chapman has called for input from industry stakeholders,  “on a number of relevant issues, including whether greater spectral efficiency could be achieved by network operators within their existing spectrum holdings.”

Towards 2020 – Future spectrum requirements for mobile broadband looks at the broader range of issues surrounding Australia’s longer-term spectrum needs in terms of both end-users and mobile service providers. 900Mhz Band – Exploring new opportunities examines the options available for re-planning the band to improve its utility. In Australia, the 900MHz band supports the major mobile networks such as Telstra’s Next G network and Optus and Vodafone Hutchison’s GSM and 3G networks. According to a statement from the Authority, Chris Chapman said that the review of the 900Mhz spectrum “is an exciting ACMA spectrum reform initiative, which will continue over what is likely to be a number of years,” adding that the review aimed to “consider regulatory arrangements in the 900MHz band to ensure they best embrace technological developments.”

The papers were released ahead of the ACMA’s spectrum management conference at the end of this month, where the mobile broadband project will feature as a topic for discussion. The closing date for submissions on the 900MHz paper is 24th June, with a July 1st deadline for the Towards 2020 paper.

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