ACMA Pushing Forward on 5G Spectrum Planning

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has used a recent ACMA spectrum tune-up to propose an accelerated process for considering releases in the millimetre wave spectrum for 5G broadband, with a consultation paper on the topic released recently.

“Australia has a strong track record of timely review of spectrum arrangements in support of innovation in the communications industry,” said acting ACMA Chairman, Richard Bean. “In the millimetre wave bands presents a great opportunity to maintain this record so the Australian community will continue to enjoy the benefits of early uptake of new technology.”

Industry and ACMA experts at the tune-up heard that technology standardisation and international spectrum harmonisation were progressing rapidly, with the very real possibility that 5G broadband could be using these higher frequency bands before the end of the decade.

The ACMA now invites comments on the questions listed in the consultation document Spectrum for broadband in the millimetre wave bands or any other relevant issues – in particular on whether spectrum in the 26GHz mmWave band (24.25-27.5GHz) is a candidate for accelerated consideration for 5G broadband purposes.

Deadline for comments is the 13th of October, 2017.

For more information please see the Backgrounder below, or to arrange an interview, please contact Blake Murdoch, on (02) 9334 7817, 0434 567 391 or



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