ACMA seeks input on options for the upper 6 GHz band

Monday, 24 June, 2024

ACMA seeks input on options for the upper 6 GHz band

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is considering the possible introduction of radio local area networks (RLANs) and/or wide-area wireless broadband (WA WBB) services into the upper 6 GHz band — and there’s still time to share your views on the subject.

As set out in the ACMA’s draft Five-year spectrum outlook 2024–29, there have been important international developments in the upper 6 GHz band (6425–7125 MHz). Many jurisdictions are introducing or considering the introduction of RLANs and/or WA WBB services in the band. The lower part of the band (5925–6425 MHz) has been made available for use by RLANs (Wi-Fi) in Australia.

The ACMA is now seeking views on planning options to possibly introduce RLANs and/or WA WBB services in the upper 6 GHz band in Australia. It is also seeking industry views on:

  • the services proposed to be delivered using the upper 6 GHz band
  • how the proposed services will benefit users
  • the expected demand for those services.

The consultation paper includes all planning options and also continues discussion about potential enhancements to existing RLAN arrangements in the broader 6 GHz band. This includes looking into issues related to the potential introduction of standard-power devices.

To read the consultation paper and submit your feedback on the options and issues outlined, click here. The Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA) has recommended that anyone with an interest in the band, or Wi-Fi or mobile broadband, read the information and respond as applicable. It does not plan to submit an industry response at this stage.

Responses close on 2 July at 5 pm (AEST).

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