The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in its forward planning has a Five Year Outlook mapping out the spectrum priorities. It gives all stakeholders, including the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), an opportunity to input into the ACMA spectrum management work program.
The WIA consulted the entire Amateur Radio community in five consultations in 2017. The WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee is assisted greatly by the survey results to produce an evidence-based view that represents the Amateur Community in Australia.
In summary, the WIA’s input to the ACMA Five Year Outlook will include:
Seeking harmonisation and extension of 1.8 - 2.0 MHz, and the 3.8 - 4.0 MHz bands
New secondary allocation at 5.3 MHz that is already in many countries
Primary allocation in the 50-52 MHz band following the digitisation of television
Secondary allocation in the 70 MHz band
Allocation at 803-804 MHz for LIPD class licence for STEM educational programs
Seeking retention of amateur access to 3.575 - 3.600 GHz outside of the specific geographic areas where future licensed services are deployed.
On next week’s VK1WIA broadcast there will be a recap of the WIA Licence Conditions Determination (LCD) submission following its three consultation surveys in June 2017.
The WIA will submit both the ACMA Five Year Outlook the LCD submission soon.