2.5GHz replan a key step in meeting spectrum demand for next generation mobile networks

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the release of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) discussion paper on the future of the 2.5GHz spectrum band.


AMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, said that the proposal to re-plan part of the 2.5GHz band for future mobile broadband use is a further key step in providing the spectrum infrastructure needed to meet the increasing demand for next generation mobile voice and broadband applications.


“The performance characteristics of spectrum at this frequency (2.5GHz) make it ideal for carrying next generation mobile services. This important spectrum band would be used in conjunction with existing mobile spectrum supporting current services and in addition to new spectrum opportunities arising from the Digital Dividend ,” he said.


For example, 2.5GHz spectrum will be an integral part of industry’s future capacity to manage high volume data traffic on mobile networks, particularly as mobile broadband applications increase in size and complexity.


Mr Althaus said: “Allocation of some of the 2.5GHz band for mobile telecommunications in Australia will also keep us aligned with agreed international trends, given the decision by the World Radiocommunications Conference 2000 to recommend this band for globally-harmonised mobile spectrum.”


“There is no doubt that as demand pressures grow within our digital economy for ‘anytime, anywhere’ connectivity, the mobile industry must gain timely access to new spectrum resources.”


Equally important, as acknowledged by the ACMA, is the need to maximise the efficient use of scarce spectrum resources to accommodate existing and emerging demands within our growing digital economy.


Mr Althaus said the growth of mobile broadband, where subscriptions in Australia increased by over 100% in 2008/09, is already playing a key role in streamlining business processes, reducing costs and increasing productivity of workers who are no longer constrained by a traditional work environment.




“Australia cannot sustain strong economic growth unless it lifts its productive capacity and it cannot sustain ongoing improvements in living standards unless productivity growth improves. And a key enabler of gains in productivity is mobile telecommunications, which in turn relies on retaining existing and acquiring new spectrum infrastructure, such as the 2.5GHz band.”



For more information contact Randal Markey, AMTA, (02) 6239 6555 or 0421 240 550