Introduction of television outside broadcast services into the bands 1980-2110 MHz and 2170-2300 MHz
The submission period has closed and the ACMA received the following submissions:
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Australian Subscription Television & Radio Association (ASTRA) (718 kb)
- Attachment to ASTRA submission (1.3 mb)
- Department of Defence
- Free TV Australia
- Global VSAT Forum
As an outcome of the ACMA’s 2010 review of the 2.5 GHz band the ACMA is developing arrangements to support the introduction of television outside broadcast (TOB) services into the 1980-2110 MHz and 2170-2300 MHz bands (known as the alternative bands).
As a part of that work the ACMA is seeking comment on proposals for supporting different types of TOB applications, such as coverage of news events (also known as electronic news gathering) and coverage of planned events (such as sporting events), within the alternative bands.
Previously in October 2011 the ACMA released a discussion paper which consulted on a number of proposals to support the introduction of TOB services into the alternative bands. The proposals included the making of two frequency band plans under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 and proposals to accommodate the various types of TOB applications within the alternative bands. After considering submissions received the ACMA, after minor revisions, made the two frequency band plans. Additional information can be found on the issue for comment page on the draft frequency band plans.
Before making a decision on arrangements for accommodating different types of TOB applications within the alternative bands, the ACMA has decided to seek further advice from industry. Revised proposals have been developed after considering submissions to October 2011 consultation. They are contained in a response to submissions paper to the October 2011 proposals.
Note that this is a revised version (18/06/2012) that corrects a typographical error in a frequency range specified in the section "Interim use of the alternative bands" on page 19. The frequency range previously read 1985–2105 MHz and has been corrected to read 1985–2010 MHz
The ACMA invites comments on the issues set out in this paper. Submissions should be made:
By email: ENGprojects@acma.gov.au
Spectrum Engineering Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616
The closing date for submissions was Wednesday 30 May 2012. The closing date for submissions has been extended to Friday 8 June 2012.
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