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Future arrangements for the 2.5 GHz radiofrequency spectrum band and long-term arrangements for electronic news gathering Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Aust Gov
3rd June 2011

On 27 May 2011, the ACMA announced that it intends to sell new spectrum licences in the 2.5 GHz band. The reallocation of this spectrum will help to address increasing demand for mobile broadband.   This is the first step in the implementation of the outcomes of the review of the 2.5 GHz band and is intended to ensure that the band is deployed for its highest value use.

The ACMA also announced its intention to convert apparatus licences currently held by the free-to-air commercial television broadcasters and the ABC for electronic news gathering operations into spectrum licences in the mid-band gap of the 2.5 GHz band.  This is also part of the implementation of the outcomes of the 2.5 GHz band review and is intended to provide long-term certainty to the broadcasters.  In addition, in order to enable provision of service delivery that is equivalent to that currently provided; the ACMA will implement arrangements to enable electronic news gathering access to a range of alternative bands.

A RIS that considered a range of initiatives associated with the review of the 2.5 GHz band was prepared by the ACMA and approved by the OBPR.

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