Issue No 22: 16 September 2019
Satellite Operators’ Growing Demand in the 2 GHz Spectrum Band
The Communications Alliance Satellite Services Working Group (SSWG) has provided a submission to the ACMA in response to their 2 GHz band planning consultation. There is a growing demand for services in this band, including Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) systems, Direct-Air-to-Ground Communications links, and the continued use of the band by Television Outside Broadcast services.
The ACMA Investigates Future Arrangements in the C-Band
The 3700–4200 MHz spectrum band (known as the ‘C-Band’) is currently used in Australia by a mixture of services and applications including point-to-point links, coordinated fixed satellite service earth stations, radiodetermination and various low power class licensed devices. The ACMA has moved the C-Band to the initial investigation stage of their work program and has released a Discussion Paper inviting comments from industry.
Response to the ACCC Final Report on the Digital Platforms Inquiry
The Inquiry’s stated objective is to consider “the impact of online search engines, social media and digital content aggregators (digital platforms) on competition in the media and advertising services markets” and to consider the “implications of these impacts for media content creators, advertisers and consumers and, in particular, to consider the impact on news and journalistic content.”
Given that neither the necessity for the recommended changes on an economy-wide level has been demonstrated, nor their effects on other sectors considered, the submission therefore calls for a thorough, evidence-based investigation and consultation on these proposed changes.
Submission to the Independent National Security Monitor’s Review of the Assistance and Access Act
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has requested that the INSLM consider whether the Assistance and Access Act achieves an appropriate balance, i.e. whether the Act contains sufficient safeguards for protecting the rights of individuals and remains proportionate and necessary.
Communications Alliance and AMTA Joint Submission on the International Mobile Roaming Standard
Communications Alliance and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) have made a joint submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on proposed changes to the regulation of international mobile roaming (IMR) services, including an ACMA draft service provider determination that is proposed to replace the existing industry standard.In their submission, the Associations support and welcome the administrative change in regulation from a Standard to a Determination as they believe this will provide greater flexibility for industry, which will, in turn, deliver improved consumer protections and outcomes.The Associations have raised concerns, however, with some of the proposed changes in the draft Determination. A number of the drafted requirements appear to be overly prescriptive. The Associations suggest that the rules should be drafted so as to enable providers to offer choices to their customers, should they have the technical capability to do so, but without specifying what those choices must include.It has also been suggested that further consultation on the timeframe for the Determination to commence be undertaken. Currently, the Determination is proposed to commence on 1st January 2020. Association members believe that the likely IT and system changes required to comply with the draft Determination (based on the current drafting) would take 12 months to implement. The proposed timeframe also overlaps with the annual IT system embargoes which most providers undergo during the Nov / Dec period.
IoT Impact 2019
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