Request for advice - 3.8-3.95 GHz apparatus licences20 Jun 2023

On 8 February 2023, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) wrote to the ACCC requesting advice on allocation limits for the allocation of area-wide apparatus licences (AWLs) in the 3.8 – 3.95 GHz band (3.8 GHz band). The ACMA requested that the ACCC provide its advice by 30 September 2023.

On 23 March 2023, the ACCC wrote to the ACMA setting out its preliminary views on allocation limits for the 3.8 GHz band AWLs.

On 20 June 2023, the ACMA released a consultation paper on the 3.8 GHz band AWLs seeking views on a range of matters relevant to the allocation of this band, including allocation limits. The ACCC intends to use submissions made in response to the ACMA consultation paper in preparing its final advice to the ACMA. The ACCC may undertake further targeted consultation where necessary. The ACCC has provided a number of questions for stakeholders to consider, which are included in the ACMA’s consultation paper.

The ACMA’s consultation paper can be found on its website at: Allocation of area-wide apparatus licences in the 3.8 GHz band.

On 29 September 2023, the ACCC provided its advice to the ACMA.