Feeds

Australian spectrum plan a win for carriers

Emergency services elbowed up to 800 MHz band

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Australia’s attorney-general has re-ignited the carriers-versus-emergency-services, creating a steering committee to develop a mobile broadband plan for public safety agencies.

As spectrum is vacated in the digital TV rollout, Australian carriers have been drawing their wagons into a circle around the newly-available radio frequencies. In what looks like a win for telcos, A-G Robert McClelland has specifically identified the 800 MHz band as the target for the steering committee’s deliberations.

Carriers had been arguing that public safety users should be given spectrum in the 800 MHz band, viewing 700 MHz spectrum as more attractive for new commercial mobile broadband services. However, an 800 MHz deployment would dent Australia’s ability to use globally standardized 700 MHz public safety systems.

In the US, for example, the whole 108 MHz of spectrum from 698 MHz to 806 MHz has been designated for public safety applications.

McClelland said the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) current 800 MHz spectrum review “presents the opportunity to build a new dedicated mobile broadband capability for emergency response organisations”.

The steering committee will include representatives from state police forces, the Australian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council, the Council of Ambulance Authorities, the National Counter Terrorism Committee, and the ACMA.

The committee will be asked to identify how much spectrum emergency services need, develop an implementation plan, and consult with industry stakeholders (presumably, this means organisations already holding 800 MHz spectrum, and who may need to vacate the band in favour of emergency services). ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey
This Herod network's ace – but crap reception in bullrushes
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality
Oettinger all about the infrastructure – but not big on substance
PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai
First time the cache network has seen drop in use of 32-bit-wide IP addresses
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.