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900 MHz band review. Presentation by Bridget Lally, Senior Radiocommunications Engineer, Spectrum Engineering Section, ACMA
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  • 1. Review of the 803 to960 MHz bandBridget Lally, Senior RadiocommunicationsEngineer, Spectrum Infrastructure Branch,
  • 2. Outline> Overview of the 820-960 MHz band> Drivers and scope of the review> Major issues in first discussion paper > Potential for 800 MHz band expansion > Review of arrangements for the digital cellular mobile telephone service > Options for underutilised parts of the 900 MHz band
  • 3. The 900 MHz band: Exploring newopportunities discussion paper
  • 4. Why review the 803-960 MHz band?> Parts of the band are underused> Opportunities for expansion of services due to digital dividend> Migration to 3G and 4G and international ‘refarming’ of digital CMTS segments
  • 5. Proposed objectives of the review>  improve the allocative, technical and dynamic efficiency of arrangements in the band by reviewing the relevant planning and licensing mechanisms>  align planning, licensing and pricing arrangements with current and anticipated demands, and support the latest technologies>  incorporate spectrum in the upper part of the digital dividend, which is not being included in the initial 700 MHz band allocation, in order to expand services in the 900 MHz band>  improve the utility and flexibility with which the band is used.
  • 6. New naming convention…
  • 7. Scope of the first paper> In scope > 803-820 MHz> Out of scope > 825-845 MHz paired with 870-890 MHz
  • 8. The 820-960 MHz band CMTS (spectrum licensed segments) 4% 2% Digital CMTS (GSM 7% segments) Point-to-point 31% 57% Land mobile Other
  • 9. Major issues for the review> 900 MHz band expansion> Digital cellular mobile telephony service> Options for underutilised parts of the 800 and 900 MHz bands
  • 10. 800 MHz band expansion
  • 11. Option for expansion of FDD services
  • 12. Future use of an expanded 800 MHz band> Cellular mobile telephony service
  • 13. Future use of an expanded 800 MHz band> Land mobile services> Public protection and disaster relief> Combination of services> Others?
  • 14. Future licensing of the 800 MHz expansionband> Spectrum licensing> Apparatus licensing> Combination
  • 15. Digital cellular mobile telephone service-Current arrangements Licensee Base-transmit Base- receive Number of paired frequency (MHz) frequency (MHz) assignments (September 2010) Telstra Corporation Limited 935–943.4 890–898.4 3,972 SingTel Optus Pty Limited 943.4–951.8 898.4–906.8 5,920 Vodafone Hutchinson Australia 951.8–960 906.8–915 2,977 Limited
  • 16. DCMTS- Drivers for change
  • 17. DCMTS- Potential future arrangements
  • 18. DCMTS- Options for future licensing
  • 19. Options for underutilised parts of the 800 and900 MHz bands
  • 20. Options for DSRR segment andneighbouring spectrum
  • 21. Submissions>  ACMA invites submissions to the discussion paper The 900 MHz Band: Exploring New Opportunities>  Comments close on 24 June 2011>  Enquiries to 900MHzreview@acma.gov.au