ACMA proposes area-wide licences

Wednesday, 03 July, 2019

ACMA proposes area-wide licences

The ACMA has announced that it is proposing to develop a new transmitter and receiver licence type, referred to as the area-wide apparatus licence (AWL) type.

The AWL type will authorise one or more radiocommunications devices in a geographic area and frequency or frequencies specified in the licence.

Unlike present apparatus licence types, the AWL will be capable of authorising a broad variety of services, uses, applications and technologies.

The move aims to benefit spectrum users by complementing existing licensing options and improving apparatus licensing flexibility.

The AWL type was previously referred to as the ‘spectrum space’ apparatus licence in the ACMA’s draft Five-year Spectrum Outlook 2019–23.

To establish the licence type, the ACMA is proposing regulatory changes to the apparatus licensing framework, including a new licence condition determination for the AWL type.

The ACMA has released a consultation paper seeking public comment on questions about the proposal. Submissions close Friday, 9 August 2019.

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