ACMA consulting on mmWave concession plans

21 Aug 2020

With the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) planning to make spectrum available in the 26GHz and 28GHz mmWave bands ‘for 5G applications and for fixed satellite services’, it is now consulting on the introduction of area-wide apparatus licences (AWLs) across both bands. The new concession type has been created ‘in response to changes in Australia’s spectrum landscape’, and includes: the ‘area-wide’ type for transmitter licences; and the ‘area-wide receive’ type for receive licences.

In a press release, the ACMA said that it was also consulting on new arrangements for ongoing access to 27GHz–30GHz frequencies by fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations. Under the proposed arrangements, it has claimed that satellite users will benefit from additional access to spectrum.

The development comes in the wake of the ACMA’s consultation on the draft legislative instruments for the country’s upcoming sale of spectrum in the 26GHz band, which closed earlier this month. This latest consultation is accepting submissions until 16 September 2020.