Tuesday, 26 July 2022 11:59

ACMA’s reallocation of 3.4 and 3.7GHz can spur economic growth: AMTA


ACMA’s reallocation of 3.4 and 3.7GHz spectrum to help ensure that the mid-band spectrum will become more useful has received strong support from the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association as the organisation believes it will encourage new businesses to open and stimulate economic growth.

The announcement to reallocate the spectrum for 5G was issued in the Radiocommunications Declaration 2022, which recognises the ongoing criticality o sufficient and appropriate spectrum for mobile technology use.

“This decision clearly demonstrates that the ACMA is delivering on its work program to tidy up and release additional spectrum in C-band (3.4 – 4.0GHz), which is spectrum that has been designated globally for 5G,” Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) Louise Hyland said.

The Coleago Consulting report on IMT mid-band spectrum demand for 5G, she said, identified the need for an additional 527 to 757MHz of mid-band spectrum in Sydney in the 2025-2030 timeframe with similar allocations demanded in Melbourne and Brisbane.

“This outcome from the ACMA is a positive step towards ensuring Australians will have the opportunity for a great 5G experience in years to come,” Hyland said.

The availability of the spectrum in rural areas will provide high bandwidth which can be used in agriculture and industry use cases.

AMTA said it has previously outlined five ways that 5G can play a critical role in improving agriculture.

“The availability of sufficient timely spectrum will also have a significant impact on our economy, with a recent report by Deloitte Access Economics, 5G Unleashed, estimating 5G will increase Australia’s gross domestic product by $67 billion by 2030, with an additional $27 billion to be realised if adoption is accelerated,” Hyland concluded.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 25 July 2022.

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