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ACMA Seeks Industry Input on Upper 6 GHz Band Developments: Planning Options for RLANs and WA WBB Services

As set out in the ACMA draft Five-year spectrum outlook 2024–29, there have been important international developments in the upper 6 GHz band (6425–7125 MHz). Many jurisdictions are introducing or considering the introduction of radio local area networks (RLANs) and/or wide-area wireless broadband (WA WBB) services in the band. The lower part of the band (5925–6425 MHz) has been made available for use by RLANs (Wi-Fi) in Australia.

The ACMA are seeking views on planning options to possibly introduce RLANs and/or WA WBB services in the upper 6 GHz band in Australia. They are also seeking industry views on:

  • the services proposed to be delivered using the upper 6 GHz band
  • how the proposed services will benefit users
  • the expected demand for those services

The ACMA have outlined the planning options in the consultation paper, and the deadline for responses is July 2, 2024. 

The consultation paper also continues discussion about potential enhancements to existing RLAN arrangements in the broader 6 GHz band. This includes looking into issues related to the potential introduction of standard-power devices.

ARCIA recommends that anyone with an interest in the band, or Wi-Fi or mobile broadband at least read the information and respond as applicable. ARCIA does not plan to do an industry response at this stage.

Visit the ACMA website to learn more.