The Australian Communications and Media Authority will release a 3.6GHz band of wireless spectrum to support access in regional and remote areas.
The regulatory body will accept applications from November 16 to November 27 for a pre-defined zone known as Area 1, which covers south-eastern SA, parts of Victoria, Tasmania and southern NSW.
Area 2 will include parts of Queensland and northern NSW. Area 3 covers parts of WA, NT and northern SA. Applications will be assessed on a “first-in-time” basis.
Ina statement, ACMA said the lifting of the spectrum embargo was designed to give regional and rural areas, “a short to medium term solution for the demand for broadband wireless access in these areas".
The release comes despite Telstra’s calls for different priorities and timetables for the 3.6GHz band in its submission to ACMA.
“The 3575~3710 MHz band... should be re-allocated in the 'medium term' [around 2010] in metropolitan areas and [around 2013] in regional areas, to accommodate further growth in WAS capacity demand arising in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Rural/remote areas should remain allocated to fixed services,” Telstra stated in its submission.
For more information, visit ACMA’s website for pricing details and application methods.