The ACMA has announced that it will provide an additional 60 MHz of spectrum across a number of bands in order to meet two specific needs identified by Australia's public safety agencies: the need for wide-ranging 4G coverage, together with very high capacity, short range coverage for specific incidents and in high demand areas.

Specifically, the ACMA will be making 10 MHz of spectrum from the 800 MHz brand available for the deployment of a nationally interoperable public safety mobile broadband network, and 50 MHz of spectrum from the 4.9 GHz band for use nationwide by public safety agencies. The ACMA has also released a consultation paper explaining the proposed arrangements for the 4.9 GHz band. The new measures for the 800 MHz will be outlined in a discussion paper to be released in December 2012.

Public comment in response to the 4.9 GHz consultation paper is invited by 14 December 2012.

For more information, please see the ACMA Media Release and the Minister's Media Release. For more information on the proposed class licence in the 4.9GHz band, please click here. To view a copy of the 4.9 GHz consultation paper, please click here.