26 GHz Band
The 26 GHz band (24.25–27.5 GHz) has been identified internationally, and by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as one of the first millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum bands capable of supporting 5G wireless broadband services. The important characteristic of mmWave spectrum is that it allows for extremely fast, high capacity broadband services, which will be necessary to facilitate future technological innovation in Australia.
In April 2021, ACMA plans to hold an auction for spectrum licences in a portion of the 26 GHz band (25.1–27.5 GHz) for 34 cities and major regional centres. These are towns or cities with a population over 50,000 as well as small towns or cities, which, due to them being holiday centres or having university campuses, are expected to require the deployment of high‑density wireless broadband services. This auction will be designed to accommodate 5G wireless broadband services through either mobile or fixed network operator deployments.
Find out more
- Communications Policy Objectives for the Allocation of the 26 GHz band
- Coexistence of terrestrial and satellite services at 26 GHz
- Radiocommunications (Spectrum Re-allocation—26 GHz Band) Declaration
- Spectrum allocation limits released for 5G
- Instalment payments for 26 GHz spectrum to support 5G
- visit the 26 GHz band on the ACMA website