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Australia’s mobile broadband strategy

Australia’s regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), has outlined its strategy for addressing the growth in mobile broadband capacity and an associated work plan. The package follows an industry consultation process (which included a discussion paper, ‘Beyond 2020 – A spectrum management strategy to address the growth in mobile broadband capacity’, released in September last year). “The strategy signals a shift towards greater reliance on a contingency planning model, where the regulator plans for a range of potential outcomes in terms of mobile broadband capacity growth, but still seeks to enable the right spectrum to be made available – at the right time – depending on the scenarios that are unfolding,” ACMA chair Chris Chapman says. “The key to such a contingency planning approach is the ability of the regulator to work with industry and the international community on a range of potential candidate bands at the same time, often over the very extended periods that are required for the development of new, harmonised spectrum uses and subsequent changes in the highest value use of those bands domestically.” See http://bit.ly/24YPwCA

  • Monday, 21 March 2016

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