Feeds

Wireless mics to clear Oz 4G bands by end 2014

Check, one, two, check, says ACMA

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has begun the groundwork for clearing wireless microphones out of the 700 MHz band, and hopes to get its new technical standard adopted by October this year.

The ACMA has issued a discussion paper (linked here) covering its plans to bump wireless mics from frequencies between 694 MHz and 800 MHz.

After 31 December 2014, wireless audio transmitters will be prohibited from operating in that band. ACMA is proposing that the normal 12 month grandfathering period be reduced to three months. That decision is based on the regulator's assessment of how long it will take to complete the paperwork getting a new technical standard in place.

As it explains in the discussion paper, if it were to get the technical standard published by October 2013, a 12-month grandfathering period would allow devices to be sold through to October 2014, meaning it would be possible that someone could be sold a device that would only be legal for three months. Instead, the ACMA proposes ending the sale of 694-800 MHz wireless mics three months after it gets the technical standard in place.

It is also proposing a labelling standard on wireless mics operating in the 694-800 MHz band, so that anybody buying new devices knows they'll only remain legal until the end of 2014.

At the moment, wireless audio devices have from 520 to 820 MHz, and the lower frequencies will still be available after the new regulations come into effect.

It can't come as s surprise to manufacturers or users: the ACMA first began discussing moving microphones out of the 700 MHz band back in 2011. Comments are open on the discussion paper until 9 July 2013. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.