The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced it will release spectrum in the 3.6GHz band to support the deployment of wireless access services in remote areas of the country. The regulator said it will lift the existing spectrum embargo to allow applications for point-to-multipoint apparatus licences to be received in specific geographic areas. Applications for frequencies will be accepted between 16 November and 27 November this year for Area 1, which covers the south-east corner of South Australia, as well as parts of Victoria, Tasmania and Southern New South Wales. The ACMA said it will also open applications for spectrum in Area 2 (parts of Queensland and Northern New South Wales) and Area 3 (parts of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Northern South Australia) in due course.
The regulator announced its intention to allow the use of the 3.6 GHz band for the deployment of rural wireless access services back in October 2008. It said that the action is ‘intended to provide a short to medium term solution for the demand for broadband wireless access in these areas.’