Thursday, April 23, 2009

Australia to Begin Long Term Spectrum Licensing

Although key wireless licenses do not begin expiring until 2013, the government of Australia announced a process to begin consultation for the future of mobile phone and wireless broadband licenses. Senator Conroy issued a discussion paper on re-issuing 15-year radiofrequency spectrum licenses. The licenses include those relevant to the delivery of 2G and 3G mobile phone and wireless broadband services. Specifically, the government's discussion paper examines a range of issues and calls for comment on the re-issue of licenses in the 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2.1GHz, 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum bands.

"There are complex issues that will take some time to assess but work has already begun and I expect that the Government will be making decisions over the next 12 months on this important matter," Senator Conroy said.

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