Australian Telecom Regulator Requests Comment on 5-Year Spectrum Plan
Friday, October 27, 2017 | Comments

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) communicated its spectrum management priorities in a five-year spectrum outlook (FYSO), and requested input from stakeholders on a range of planning and prioritization issues.

There are two parts to the FYSO. Part one sets out three major pieces of new work that the ACMA is seeking stakeholder views on, including the following:
• An approach to implementing the Spectrum Review recommendations for a spectrum work program that includes a new consultation process for seeking feedback and considering it before the relevant spectrum work program is published.
• A forward allocation work plan. This plan is intended to provide incumbent and prospective spectrum users with indicative information about the timing and sequencing of the price-based allocation of licenses in a number of spectrum bands.
• Spectrum Review implementation work plan. The ACMA has a significant body of work occurring during the next few years to implement the Spectrum Review recommendations being drafted into legislation—in particular, the design of a new licensing system and work on the redesign of accreditation and equipment rules, new frequency assignment and spectrum planning frameworks.

The second part of the FYSO outlines the activities the ACMA intends to undertake during the remainder of 2017–18. These have been informed by stakeholder feedback received for last year’s FYSO and through other consultation processes. The FYSO also addresses the issues ACMA anticipates emerging during the next five years and the progress made in relation to its previous year’s work plan.

The ACMA is seeking feedback by 18 December. More details are here.

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