Issue No 27: 19 December 2016
Communications Alliance and AMTA submission to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report Data Availability and Use
Communications Alliance and AMTA provided a submission to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report Data Availability and Use.
Overall, the Associations are broadly supportive of the Commission’s Draft Report and the over-arching aim to increase the availability and use of data in Australia.
However, the submission makes a number of observations for consideration by the Commission, including around the following issues:
Submission on the future use of the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum bands
The Satellite Service Working Group (SSWG) has provided a response to the ACMA Future use of the 1.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands - Initial investigation of the 1427–1518 MHz and 3575–3700 MHz bands for mobile broadband services Discussion Paper.
Communications Alliance has worked closely with the ACMA in recent years, reviewing various spectrum bands and more recently the Spectrum Review and the Mobile Broadband Strategy, acknowledging the considerable work by the regulator and industry in getting discussions to this stage. In recognising the role of the ACMA in its functions of spectrum planning for Australia and managing this limited resource, the SSWG has provided industry feedback on the approach outlined by the ACMA.
The SSWG has suggested that there should be a recalibration of how radio access technologies are assessed to support the next generation of connectivity with the advent of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, it was pointed out that in applying the principle of allocating spectrum to the highest-value needs, both the social and economic value of incumbent users in these bands needs to be recognised, weighed and accommodated. The SSWG has also recommended that the proposed replanning timetable should be revisited, along with some of the underlying assumptions and to draw attention to some of the technical arguments which would benefit from further consideration.
The views of the SSWG do not necessarily represent the views of all CA members, as is stated in the submission.
The submission is available from the Communications Alliance submissions page.
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