AP e–bulletin September 2012 | ACMA

AP e–bulletin September 2012

About AP Update

Welcome to the September 2012 issue of AP Update, the ACMA's e-bulletin for Accredited Persons (APs). AP Update provides regular information about policy developments, changes to technical documentation and other items of interest.

The following topics appear in this issue:

Information about other issues relevant to APs can be found on the radiofrequency spectrum section of the ACMA website.

AP Update has been prepared by the Industry Partnerships Section in the Operations Branch of the ACMA. Your feedback and suggestions for future editions are welcome. Please contact Genevieve Meadowes on (03) 9963 6990 or by email at accreditation@acma.gov.au.

Project HELM—changes ahead for APs

The ACMA is introducing a new spectrum management system. Project HELM is a multi-year project being run in conjunction with suppliers LS telcom that will be completed in 2014, with functionality being delivered in a staged approach.

One outcome of Project HELM will be some changes to business processes between the ACMA and APs, including how:

  • the ACMA provides RRL data to APs
  • APs lodge data with the ACMA—such as FAC and IIC requests
  • APs lodge device registrations for spectrum licences.

The ACMA will consult with APs about these changes over the coming months ahead of detailed information about their implementation in early 2013.

Further information on Project HELM can be obtained by emailing the Project Manager Gerard Kelly.

Implementation of the 400 MHz band plan changes

The ACMA has formed a dedicated team to progress the transition to new arrangements in the 400 MHz band. The new team, managed by Robert Johnston, will:

  • provide information and support for stakeholders planning and making the necessary changes to their systems as the transition unfolds over the next five years
  • monitor overall progress and manage any issues that may arise.

Contact details:

Shortly, the team will release an inaugural 400 MHz e-bulletin. The bulletin will inform users of the band—including government, commercial, amateurs, rail, citizen band radio and surveyors—and suppliers of 400 MHz radio equipment about the 400 MHz implementation project.

Frequency Assignment Practice (FAP)

The ACMA has recently introduced a new document type—a Frequency Assignment Practice (FAP)—to guide APs and ACMA staff on specific frequency assigning issues.

To date, three FAPs have been released dealing with the assignment and licensing of:

  • area-wide land mobile services used for voice communications or low-duty cycle data applications
  • area-wide land mobile services used in support of differential GPS and other high-duty cycle data applications
  • single-frequency services in two-frequency land mobile segments.

FAPs are an initiative stemming from the ACMA's review of the AP Scheme to improve its online frequency assignment documentation. Other documents, such as Radiocommunications Assignment and Licensing Instructions (RALIs), provide advice on frequency assignment policy and coordination procedures with the view to minimising interference and maximising spectrum efficiency. This advice can be general in nature, so the FAPs provide more detailed background information on an issue, explain relevant interference and/or spectrum considerations, and detail the ACMA's position on assigning and licensing affected radiocommunications services.

Subscribing to the ACMA's RRL CD-ROM

In making frequency assignments, APs are expected to use spectrum access data of a currency appropriate to the frequency band and geographic area of the assignment. Subscribing to the ACMA's monthly Radiocommunications Record of Licences (RRL) Database on CD-ROM service (including daily update service) will give you access to the latest data.

APs are advised not to rely on the ACMA's Online Register of Radiocommunications Licences (RRL) for their frequency coordination work. The online register does not identify all services that might need to be considered in coordination, and provides limited querying and data manipulation capabilities. Using outdated or inappropriate data for frequency coordination could have ramifications for any claims made under professional indemnity insurance.

Corrections to site coordinates

From time to time, the ACMA receives requests from APs to correct site coordinates held in Radcom. Often these requests are made when site location plots do not match with Google Earth Imagery. While Google Earth is a useful resource, Google does not specify any particular level of accuracy for the images provided in its Google Earth Software. For this reason, the ACMA does not change site coordinates based only on a failure to align with Google Earth imagery.

If you think a site coordinate needs correction, the ACMA is happy to consider the request when supported by more appropriate evidence such as:

  • a survey certificate or drawing
  • a GPS measurement taken at the site using a suitable GPS-enabled device. To confirm that your device is suitable, contact the ACMA on LAIS@acma.gov.au.

Issues with electronic Frequency Assignment Certificates

Are you having problems with electronic Frequency Assignment Certificates? For example:

  • you're not receiving automatic email acknowledgments
  • your submission is taking longer than normal
  • your submission has been rejected and the error message is unclear or confusing.

If so, please email your query to LAIS@acma.gov.au rather than to ICT Services.

Only ICT-related queries should be directed to ICTServiceDesk@acma.gov.au. These include:

  • needing help with account set-up or digital signatures
  • being unable to lodge an electronic FAC or IIC.

The BSIT@acma.gov.au email address is no longer supported.

Using spatial data to help with frequency assigning activities

The ACMA website now has website spatial representations for the following areas:

The above data sets are available in both placemark—also known as Keyhole Markup Language (KML)—and shapefile formats.

The ACMA is interested in feedback about other datasets that could usefully be made available. If APs believe there are additional spatial datasets that would help to perform frequency assignment tasks, please contact Geoff Hartwig on (02) 6219 5258 or email geoff.hartwig@acma.gov.au with the relevant details.

The ACMA's Spectrum auction e-bulletin

The Spectrum auction e-bulletin provides monthly updates about the forthcoming auction of spectrum in the digital dividend and 2.5 GHz bands, including information about auction planning processes and opportunities for stakeholder consultation.

Register now to receive the Spectrum auction e-bulletin.

New AP licensing and frequency assignment statistics

Monthly AP assignment statistics for 2011–12 financial year

Month

Number of assigned licences processed

Number of AP-assigned licences processed

% of total assigned licences processed

Number of device registrations processed

July 2011

1,263

921

73

5,253

August 2011

1,268

1,171

92

2,619

September 2011

975

831

85

1,473

October 2011

871

807

93

4,472

November 2011

1,476

1,132

77

10,097

December 2011

1,029

786

76

14,864

January 2012

652

500

77

1,475

February 2012

1,335

978

73

6,783

March 2012

1,312

821

63

4,958

April 2012

1,093

774

71

2,154

May 2012

1,775

1,572

89

4,639

June 2012

1,207

749

62

7,323

July 2012

1,083

908

84

2,342

Monthly AP frequency assignment statistics for 2011–12 financial year

Month

Number of frequency assignments processed

Number of AP frequency assignments processed

% of total frequency assignments processed

July 2011

1,999

1,616

81

August 2011

2,297

2,105

92

September 2011

2,302

1,491

65

October 2011

1,678

1,444

86

November 2011

2,706

2,014

74

December 2011

1,761

1,410

81

January 2012

1,222

904

74

February 2012

1,883

1,724

92

March 2012

1,720

1,397

81

April 2012

2,219

1,416

64

May 2012

3,303

2,930

89

June 2012

2,033

1,397

69

July 2012

1,954

1,657

85

Recent media releases

The following ACMA media releases/latest developments may be of interest to APs:

  • Introduction of opportunity cost prices in the high density areas of the 400 MHz band.  

For more information about major ACMA announcements and news, visit the media releases and latest developments pages on the ACMA website.

Contacts

Useful points of contact within the ACMA for specific queries are:

Changed your details?

We would like to keep you informed, so make sure you let us know about any changes to your details by emailing them to accreditation@acma.gov.au.

Last updated: 11 December 2017