ACMA Invites Consultation on 26 GHz Band Spectrum

The Australian Media & Commuuncations Authority is inviting feedback on draft legislative instruments for the allocation of spectrum licences in the 26 GHz band.

In October 2019, the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts made the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Re-allocation – 26 GHz Band) Declaration 2019, declaring spectrum in the frequency range 25.1–27.5 GHz in defined areas to be re-allocated by issuing spectrum licences.

ACMA has drafted legislative instruments for the auction and expect to conduct the auction in late March 2021. Together, the instruments define what is being sold at auction, how the auction will be conducted, and the technical requirements for the operation of devices under 26 GHz band spectrum licences.

To accompany the release of the draft instruments, ACMA has released two consultation papers:

  • Draft allocation instruments for the 26 GHz band (25.1–27.5 GHz) metropolitan and regional lots auction. This paper outlines the draft allocation determination and draft marketing plan.
  • 26 GHz (25.1–27.5 GHz) band spectrum licence technical framework. This paper outlines the various instruments that form the 26 GHz band technical framework.

The consultation papers identify key issues we are seeking comment on from stakeholders.

More information is available on the ACMA website, where stakeholders can upload a submission.



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