Preserving a future for our 9 cm band – WIA submission to ACMA
The WIA has lodged a submission on 30 July 2014 with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in response to its current inquiry into future licensing arrangements in the "3.5 GHz band", which extends from 3400 MHz to 3600 MHz.
Roger Harrison - VK2ZRH
The 9 cm Amateur band, which only Advanced licensees are permitted to use, extends from 3300-3600 MHz, with 100 MHz of the band restricted on a geographic basis, as set out in Section 2 of the current Amateur Licence Conditions Determination.
On 18 June, the ACMA published a consultation paper seeking comments on possible future licensing arrangements in the 3.5 GHz band. Titled "Transitioning the 3.5 GHz band for future opportunities", the paper outlined overseas trends that are starting to put pressure on current Australian allocations in the 3.5 GHz band, to which the Authority determined that "the ACMA’s response to the complexity and growing pressures associated with the 3.5 GHz band is to look at implementing new arrangements that will maximise the band’s future flexibility." Sounds ominous. It seems the future envisioned might mean more Apparatus licensing in the 3.5 GHz band, rather than great swathes of Spectrum licensing (although that’s also an option).
On 22 June 2014, the WIA sought input from all interested Australian amateurs, and encouraged individual submissions to the ACMA’s inquiry.
The Institute’s submission details the impact of loss of Amateur access to 3400-3600 MHz and puts forward a strong case to preserve future access to this section of our 9 cm band. You can see what the WIA had to say by downloading the PDF below.
The ACMA’s Consultation paper can be downloaded via this Link
Thank you to all those who sent us views and suggestions, and also those who sent their own submissions to the ACMA.
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