Australia - Regulatory Environment - Spectrum Management

Synopsis

This report has been archived. In Australia the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) manages the broadcasting spectrum and the Australian Communications Authority (ACMA) the spectrum required for telecommunications services. The regimes are regulated in a national spectrum plan. Convergence of technologies and of the various functions and applications are making it increasingly more difficult to have separate regulators. A review of these arrangements was launched in late 2002. During the spectrum hype of 1999/2000 the market also started to attract commercial operators, however the consequent telco crisis dampened that initiative. With a range of new wireless broadband activities around the corner, interest in spectrum activities however, will remain high.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. New innovative spectrum direction (separate Report)
  • 3. ACMA’s RadComm conference May 2008 – regulatory outcomes
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Spectrum license reviews
    • 3.3 ENG
    • 3.4 Potential Update of Radiocommunications Act
  • 4. ACMA releases 2.3 GHz marketing plan for consultation
  • 5. ABA and ACMA merged
    • 5.1 Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
    • 5.2 Analysis - questions exist on the merging of two distinct cultures
    • 5.3 Key issues
    • 5.4 ACMA review
  • 6. Australian radiofrequency spectrum plan
    • 6.1 The 2005 Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan
    • 6.2 The 2002 Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan
      • 6.2.1 Frequency bands
    • 6.3 New Digital TV Licences To Be Auctioned
    • 6.4 Changes introduced in 1997
  • 7. Radio amateurs
  • 8. REVIEW OF GOVERNMENT SPECTRUM HOLDING
  • 9. Review of 4-10MHz short-wave bands licences
  • 10. Space licences
  • 11. Unlicensed spectrum (IMS)
  • 12. Related reports
    • 12.1 Mobile Spectrum Auctions
    • 12.2 Spectrum Developments
    • 12.3 Wireless Broadband Spectrum
    • Exhibit 1 – Australian spectrum usage
    • Exhibit 2 – Allocated spectrum frequencies
    • Exhibit 3 – Broadcasting services bands

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Status Archived

Last updated 22 May 2008
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