The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) is to consider opening up more wireless broadband spectrum in metropolitan and regional areas across four frequency bands and is calling for comment from interest parties from industry and interested parties.
The call for comment follows the release of a discussion paper, which ACA acting chairman Dr Bob Horton said will give stakeholders the opportunity to put forward their cases about potential licensing arrangements and respective needs for the amount and type of spectrum that could be offered.
"It is timely for the ACA to be considering whether to make more spectrum available so that we don't inhibit growth and competition.
"Broadband wireless access services have been deployed commercially in many areas with considerable success. So much so that people are now starting to knock on our door asking for more spectrum, particularly in regional areas," Horton said.
The move may provide a circuit breaker for the federal government and Telstra, which continue to endure widespread criticism over Telstra's market power in the wholesale broadband market, particularly in regional areas.
The frequency bands up for consideration in the ACA discussion paper are:
The closing date for comments is Friday May 21, 2004, with copies of the discussion paper available at http://www.aca.gov.au/aca_home/issues_for_comment/index.htm