Spectrum in the 26 GHz band will be re-allocated to support the rollout of 5G services.

25 October 2019

The Government has today declared that 2.4 GHz of essential spectrum in the 26 GHz band will be made available for spectrum licensing to facilitate the rollout of 5G across Australia.

Spectrum is a finite resource that is essential for the delivery of telecommunications services including mobile, television and radio.

Advances in radiofrequency technology have unlocked the 26 GHz band for use in new wireless broadband technologies, including 5G.

The Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher, has issued a spectrum re‑allocation declaration to enable part of the 26 GHz band (25.1 to 27.5 GHz) to be re‑allocated for spectrum licensing. This declaration is consistent with a spectrum re‑allocation recommendation provided by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). ACMA is planning to allocate these spectrum licences by auction in early 2021.

The re-allocation is part of ACMA's broader plan to make spectrum available for 5G technologies in Australia through a flexible mix of class, apparatus and spectrum licensing.

To evaluate the potential for co-existence between NBN Co's Sky Muster satellite services and 5G mobile broadband services in the 27 to 27.5 GHz frequency range, we commissioned a report by an independent consultant.

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Communications Policy Objectives for the Allocation of the 26 GHz band

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Under section 3 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992, the object of the Act is to provide for management of the radiofrequency spectrum in order to achieve a list of outcomes, the first of which is to “maximise, by ensuring the efficient allocation and use of the spectrum, the overall public benefit derived from using the radiofrequency spectrum”. Included in this list of outcomes is to support the communications policy objectives of the Commonwealth Government. This set of communications policy objectives has been developed for the allocation of the 26 GHz band.