Consultation launched on use of the 3.4 GHz band


By Jonathan Nally
Tuesday, 29 September, 2020


Consultation launched on use of the 3.4 GHz band

A consultation has been opened into the way 3.4 GHz band is licensed, with the aim of optimising arrangements to free up spectrum for 5G and improve regional connectivity while retaining current uses of the band.

The 3.4 GHz band is currently used for a mix of purposes such as fixed wireless and 5G.

The consultation is being run by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Specifically, the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts is considering making a designation notice under section 36 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 to designate parts of the band from 3400 to 3575 MHz “for allocation by spectrum licences with respect to specified areas”.

The Department is seeking stakeholder views on this possible designation.

The consultation paper can be found here and the exposure draft can be found here.

Submissions are due by 20 October 2020 via the official webpage.

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