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ACMA Considers 5G Mobile Broadband Spectrum Options

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is looking ahead to 5G mobile broadband spectrum options, today releasing a discussion paper canvassing the scope for refarming additional spectrum.

ACMA notes that the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands are currently being used by a variety of services, with ACMA chairman Richard Bean stating the “paper gives current users of the bands as well as potential new entrants” the opportunity to help ACMA better understand issues relevant to each band.

“In the last year, consideration of these bands for mobile broadband has progressed significantly on the international stage,” Bean stated. “Given the momentum developing, the time is right for us to consider the potential for replanning the bands in Australia.

“There are international standards that support 4G technologies in both the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands. Importantly, the 3.6 GHz band is also being looked at internationally as an early band for 5G, and the ACMA has decided to bring forward discussion of its future use.

“Refarming these bands would enable additional capacity for new or existing operators’ mobile networks.”

Bean stated that the views of current users will help ACMA “to determine what, if any, frequencies and geographical areas should be considered in a possible future refarming of the bands for mobile broadband”.

ACMA is inviting comment, with further information here.

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