The 26 GHz band will provide extremely fast and high capacity 5G broadband services to Australia.

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.

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