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Australia tunes up for 5G

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has used a “spectrum tune-up” meeting to propose an accelerated process for considering releases in the millimetre wave spectrum for 5G broadband, and has released a consultation paper on the topic.

“Australia has a strong track record of timely review of spectrum arrangements in support of innovation in the communications industry,” says acting ACMA chair, Richard Bean. “5G in the millimetre wave bands presents a great opportunity to maintain this record so the Australian community will continue to enjoy the benefits of early uptake of new technology.”

Industry and ACMA experts at the tune-up heard that technology standardisation and international spectrum harmonisation were progressing rapidly, with the very real possibility that 5G broadband could be using these higher frequency bands before the end of the decade. The ACMA now invites comments on the questions listed in the consultation document, in particular on whether spectrum in the 26 GHz mm wave band (24.25-27.5 GHz) is a candidate for accelerated consideration for 5G broadband purposes. http://bit.ly/2xsYM9T

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